Fixed-Wing Airplane Crashed While Conducting Cloud Seeding in Philippines

Monday, April 28, 2014
By George Hatcher

A Baron fixed-wing airplane crashed while conducting cloud seeding on Sunday afternoon at a corn field in Villa Coloma, Bagabag town in Nueva Vizcaya province of Philippines.

Chief of Bagabag police, Chief Inspector Chevalier Iringan confirmed that the RP C1974 plane took off from Cauayan City airport, Isabela province and crashed over the Magat River watershed at about 2:45pm.

All four people including the pilot; Philip Jubane and three passengers; Christopher Evan Borja, Leilanie Naga and Melvin Simangan, died at the spot. The victims were employees of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management.

The plane was on its fourth and last cloud seeding operation commissioned by SN Aboitiz Power-Magat Inc.

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