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ZAMBOANGA CITY — A team from the Aircraft Accident Inquiry Board (AAIB) is expected here next week to investigate the 7 July crash of a private plane.

Antonio Alfonso, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)-Zamboanga manager, said the probe aims to determine the cause of crash of the six-seater Piper Seneca plane in Barangay Sinunuc.

Earlier, Alfonso said the plane had an “emergency landing at sea” after a single-engine failure.

He said the AAIB team will determine the physical appearance of the aircraft and its engines as well as listen to the testimonies of the pilot and its passengers.

The plane did not have a black box that records the communication exchanges between the pilot and the control tower.

All of the four people aboard, including three foreigners, were rescued by tricycle driver Mufri Yusop who happened to pass by the area at the time of the crash.

They are Suramya khanal, 28, a Nepalese student pilot; Capt. Jyothis John Pulinthanam, 27, an Indian pilot; Jemy Chacko Domen, 34, Indian flight instructor; and, Razel Dulay, 27, a Filipino aircraft mechanic.

All of them are from the Dumaguete City-Based ROYHLE Flight Training Academy.

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