Thirty two people are now confirmed dead in the wake of last night's (14 September) crash of a Philippines Presidential security plane near Manila airport.
Thirty two people are now confirmed dead in the wake of last night's (14 September) crash of a Philippines Presidential security plane near Manila airport. Government radio reports sat the death toll could be more than forty. President Marcos and his family were not aboard.
SYNOPSIS: The Fokker Friendship plane, carrying presidential staff and reporters, came down during a heavy thunderstorm.
Airforce rescue teams were quickly on the scene.
The plane, on its way back from the northern Philippines where the President is celebrating his 61st birthday, smashed into a group of wooden homes in a fishing village before coming to rest in a nearby salt flat.
The presidential seal on the aircraft tail lead to initial fears that President marcos might have been aboard. But the presidential palace said Mr. Marcos and his wife were still in the north.
The President's two older children, Imee and Ferdinand Junior were due to fly back on the ill-fated plane but were switched to a second craft at the last minute because of overcrowding.
The authorities say 17 of the 21 aboard the plane and fifteen people on the ground were killed. One of the survivors, all in a serious condition was Brigadier General Francisco Romualdez, a half brother of the President's wife Imelda.