No survivors from Cessna crash in Isabela

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 9) – The Cessna plane with six passengers that went missing in the province of Isabela in January was found on Thursday, authorities said.

In a Thursday briefing, the Isabela Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said rescuers found the Cessna 206 north of Barangay Ditarum in Divilacan town.

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The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said it was confirmed found at around 11:46 a.m. on Thursday - 44 days since it was reported missing.

PDRRMO chief Constante Foronda said workers are in the process of retrieving the bodies, which could take up to three days, according to the Divilacan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Authorities reported that the aircraft was ripped apart - its pieces scattered around the mountain slope.

Foronda told CNN Philippines' News Night that responders will be deployed on the ground daily except on days when the weather is terrible.

CAAP said investigators from its Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board, which has been tasked to focus on the missing aircraft since its disappearance on Jan. 24, will proceed with their investigation.

"Bukas po inaasahan namin silang darating. Ang malaking tanong ay kung makakaabot sila duon sa lugar, kung makakapasok yung helicopter doon, o kung kaya ng katawan nila umakyat doon sa bundok," Foronda said, noting the tough terrains and bad weather in the area.

[Translation: We expect them to arrive tomorrow. The big question is if they can reach the place, if the helicopter can enter there, or if they can climb the mountain.]

Foronda stressed that the priority of disaster responders is retrieving the remains of the pilot and five passengers.

He said the victims' relatives were notified before the press briefing.