February 3, 1998 in Nation/World

Philippine Passenger Plane Crashes With 104 Aboard

Associated Press
 

Rescuers found the wreckage of a passenger plane today in a mountain in the southern Philippines, and authorities could not confirm that any of 104 people aboard had survived.

Initial reports said rescuers in the southern Philippines had found 15 survivors amid the wreckage of a Cebu Pacific Air DC-9 jetliner carrying 104 people.

The search for the twin-engine aircraft started shortly after it failed to land as scheduled Monday morning in Cagayan de Oro.

The plane’s wreckage was found on Mount Sumagaya, 28 miles northeast of the plane’s destination, rescue workers said. Radio station Bombo quoted a local mayor as saying 15 people were still alive and 30 people were confirmed dead.

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