30 November 2010
Thirteen people, including two children, survived a plane crashed in Cagayan River in Barangay San Vicente in Iguig town, Cagayan around 1:30 p.m.
The Beechcraft Queen Air 65 plane with registry RPC-1111 was piloted by Captain Agustin Jose and Benedict Dela Cruzon and on its way from Basco, Batanes to Tuguegarao in Cagayan with full 13 passengers, when its two engine stopped in midair at 3,000 feet in the air causing it to crashed 8.5 kilometers away from the Tuguegarao airport.
The passengers were named as Rustom Hontonia, Jack Castaño, Jovani Pahodpod, David Batan, Benedict John Acebes, Mae Jane Agcaoili, Harold Agito, Kate Vallentes, Mika Horkajo, Hana Horkajo and Yale Mark Elep.
Three other passengers Harold Agito, Benedict John Acebes and Jovani Pahodpod were Boy Scout members on their way to a camping site in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur for a scouting activity.
“The pilot had managed to make a forced landing on a corn field before it hit a river bed to soften the impact of the crash and prevent any explosion,” said Senior Superintendent Mao Aplasca, Cagayan police director.
"Sa tubig kami bumagsak. Lumabas kami at sa pakpak nakatayo (We landed on the water. We went out of the aircraft and stood on its wings)", says one of its passenger Jack Castaño.
Castaño said the rescue boats came 20 minutes after the crash.