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Missing Philippines plane found: Police

world Updated: Apr 03, 2009 12:47 IST

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A light plane that went missing in the northern Philippines has been located in a remote mountain range, a day after it failed to arrive at its intended destination, police said on Friday.There was no immediate word on the fate of the seven people onboard or of the condition of the aircraft but there was not believed to be any airstrip or paved road in the area where the plane could have landed safely.

The plane was spotted on the ground near the remote town of Maconacon on the east side of the Sierra Madre mountain range, said Chief Superintendent Roberto Damian, the regional police chief."Local police do not have any information on the passengers, whether they are dead or alive," Damian added.A police search plane was forced to turn back due to low cloud cover on Friday while two rescue teams had left on foot for the site from Maconacon and nearby Divilacan town, the police official added."We will fly again early tomorrow," he added.

The Britten-Norman Islander owned by Manila charterer Chemtrad Air took off from Tuguegarao city early on Thursday with a police officer, two crew members and four other passengers on board.It was reported missing after it failed to arrive in Maconacon.