Cessna plane crashes off Zambales

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 27 2012 11:22 PM | Updated as of Jul 28 2012 07:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A 2-seater Cessna plane crashed off the coast of Iba, Zambales on Friday, police said.

Initial police investigation showed that the plane’s engine malfunctioned immediately after take off, causing the plane to crash just 15 meters off the coast of Barangay Lipay-Dingin-Panibuatan in Iba.

Authorities said the plane’s Filipino pilot Capt. John Paul Garcia, 34; and Nepalese co-pilot Vivian Malindan, 19, were rescued by fishermen and were rushed to a nearby hospital.

Garcia, a flight instructor of the All Asia Aviation Academy, was training Malindan when the plane crashed.

Investigations are still ongoing. -- Report from Jeff Gallos, dzMM