Bag of plane’s pilot found

THE bag of Captain Jose Nelson Yapparcon, the pilot of the trainer plane which crashed in the waters of Occidental Mindoro last Friday has been recovered, a Police Regional Office 4-B reported yesterday.

PRO4-B director, Brigadier General Tomas C. Apolinario Jr. said that the bag contained the pilot’s wallet, two flash drives, one key, one power bank, several ID pictures, a Pilot License, one charger, one necklace, one Century card, one Bench card, one Priority Pass, three pieces of 3,000 Indonesian Rupiah and two pieces of 2,000 Indonesian Rupiah.

The bag was returned to the missing pilot’s son Jayson at the Semirara Mining and Power Corporation Airport in Caluya, Antique.

The Caluya Municipal Police Station said that the black bag was found by fishermen Reden Tria, Carlito Encia and Arthur Albano around two kilometers away from the shoreline of Sitio Panagatan 1 in Barangay Harique at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

The bag drifted into the sea and accidentally got caught on the nylon rope of a seaweed plantation in the area.

Capt. Yapparcon and student-pilot, Saudi Arabian national Abdula Alsharif went missing after the Beechcraft Baron 55 trainer plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the San Jose Airport in Occidental Mindoro around 8:13 a.m. last Friday.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said the wreckage of the missing trainer plane was located 43.52 kilometers south of Mindoro Strait around 11:28 a.m. yesterday.

The report said that pieces of debris from the aircraft were found floating in the area.