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Task Force C130 has enough naval assets for search

by RG Alama

Davao City (29 August) -- Task Force C130 has more than enough sea assets to search for the missing Philippine Air Force C130 Hercules Transport aircraft which crash last Monday (Aug. 25) in the vicinity of Davao Gulf.

"We have more than enough ships from the Coast Guard and Navy." According to Captain Rosauro Arnel Gonzales of the Philippine Navy and current head of the Task Force which is trying to locate the ill-fated aircraft.

During a press conference held by the Task Force at the Coast Guard headquarters in Santa Ana Wharf last Thursday (Aug. 28) Capt. Gonzales was asked if additional vessels would be needed for the search.

He said that the area is already saturated with ships which also included privately-owned assets particularly a speedboat owned by diver Carlos Munda which is equipped with Sonar and has been used to find the missing plane parts.

Munda's Sonar has pinpointed several objects in one area which is believed to be parts of the plane. Another indicator is the oil slick coming from a jet fuel leading the officials to suspect the particular area of the Gulf as the site of the crash.

Meanwhile two fisherfolks recovered a leg still attached to military boots which were presented to officials. The dismembered leg was fished out of the sea at around 9:30 Thursday (Aug. 28) morning.

TF officials are also studying the information of an eyewitness who recounted that a ship was passing nearby during the time of the crash. Gonzales said they are verifying on ships passing by these waters, saying that it is a standard procedure for the ship's crew to report something unusual in their vicinity. "Every ship has a lookout; if they have been passing by the area during the crash they may have seen it," Gonzales said. (PIA) [top]

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