Military plane crashes in N. Philippines, pilot killed

09:01, April 29, 2011      

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An Air Force pilot died on Thursday after the military plane he is steering crashed in Northern Philippines, police said.

The victim was identified as Major Ephraim Gatus Suyom.

Northern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Gaudencio Pangilinan said the S-211 plane crashed at Banawang village near the Stela Mariz Beach resort, moments after it took off from an undisclosed area around 2:32 a.m.

"(The) aircraft disintegrated upon impact," Pangilinan said.

Suyom was piloting the plane and was accompanied by a certain de Leon, who as of press time is still missing.

Reports said the plane was totally wrecked and Army troops are securing the area.

Source: Xinhua
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