At 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 22, Philippine Coast Guard personnel and local fishermen retrieved the bodies of the man and the woman who were on board a Cessna trainer plane that crashed into the sea near the coast of Santiago, Ilocos Sur that same day.
A Manila Bulletin Online report revealed that the crash victims were John Kaizan Estabillo, 21, of Parañaque City and Paula Bianca Robles, 25, of Quezon City. Estabillo was the flight instructor and Robles was the student pilot. Their remains were positively identified by their relatives, who were on the scene at Barangay Sabangan.
The report noted: "The Cessna C172 training plane, with tail number RP-C7838, is owned by Leading Edge International Aviation, a private air flying school based in San Fernando, La Union."
"The plane had taken off from Vigan at 3:24 p.m. on Friday, October 21, and was expected to arrive [in] San Fernando at 4:24 p.m. that same day. However, at around 3:36 p.m., witnesses in Barangay Sabangan saw the plane going down at sea," reports ABS-CBN News.
A Philippine Daily Inquirer report explained, "Fishermen were the first to sail to the area where the plane sank, where its wreck was located after nearly an hour. However, Typhoon Lawin's recent onslaught had turned the seawaters murky, making the search mission more difficult."
Further investigation is being conducted to determine what caused the crash.