Army: Philippine minister missing in light plane crash

August 18, 2012 18:19

MANILA - The Philippine interior minister and two others went missing after a light plane carrying them crashed at sea off a central island on Saturday, an army spokesman said.

A search for the plane and its passengers was called off late on Saturday because it was too dark and the water too deep for craft available, police said.

Jesse Robredo was on his way to his hometown in the central Camarines Sur province from Cebu when the propeller-driven Cessna plane he was on malfunctioned and the pilots decided to land at the nearest air field on Masbate island.

Robredo, 54, is an ally of President Benigno Aquino.

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