Trainer plane crashes in La Union, student pilot dead

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 26 2021 03:32 PM | Updated as of May 28 2021 06:32 AM

MANILA (3rd UPDATE) — A trainer plane crashed off the coast of a village in Caba, La Union around noon Wednesday, killing the student pilot who was on a solo cross-country flight. 

The incident left a Tecnam P-2010 trainer plane a total wreck where it crashed in waters off Barangay Wenceslao in Caba town. 

Mark Irvin Sabile, the 25-year-old student pilot from the First Aviation Academy (FAA) in Subic Bay International Airport, was flying from Iba, Zambales for stops in La Union and Lingayen when the incident happened, authorities said. 

Witnesses said they heard a loud explosion and saw the plane going in circles before crashing into sea, a police report said. 

A doctor from the Cana Municipal Health Office declared him dead before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The Philippine Coast Guard is helping in operations to retrieve parts of the aircraft that sank in waters some 300 meters from the shore. 

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines sent investigators to the site to find out why the plane crashed. 

— report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News