The casualties consist of 3 men and a woman including Leilani Naga and Melvin Simangan of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management under the Department of Agriculture, the plane’s pilot Philip Jubane and aircrew Christopher Evan Borja.
The 6-seater Beechcraft Baron jet plane (RPC-1974) took off from Cauayan City, Isabela and was flying over Barangay Tayapa in Bagabag at around 2:50 in the afternoon on Sunday for a cloud seeding operations over Magat Dam when it exploded mid-air, causing it to drop and crash from the thin air into a corn field in Barangay Sta. Lucia.
All aboard were instantly killed, according to an initial report submitted by BSWM Director Silvino Tejada.
For starters, cloud seeding is the process of planting and spreading dry ice or silver iodide aerosols into the uppermost parts of clouds to simulate the precipitation process and thus form rain.
Chief Inspector Chevalier Iringan, head of the Bagabag Police, said they will leave the investigations to the Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), will probe the cause of the explosion and will investigate the owner of the aircraft, Grand Aviators Aviation Corporation.– Remar Dungca/CentrioTimes.com