Robredo's aide attends CAAP probe

Posted at 09/25/12 9:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senior Inspector Jun Abrazado went to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Monday to attend an investigation into the crash that killed former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.

Abrazado, the lone survivor of the August 18 Masbate plane crash that led to the deaths of Robredo and two pilots, said although he has already recovered from the incident, he still cannot help but feel sad about what happened.

"Okay na po ako, normal po ako kapag may kausap po akong malapit sa akin, pero mahirap kapag mag-isa ako ay lumilipad ang isip ko," he said.

Abrazado hopes his participation in the CAAP investigation will end all speculations about the plane crash off Masbate.

"Madalas sumisikip ang aking dibdib. Pero 'di ko ito kayang takasan kapag may imbestigasyon, lalo na ako ay isang survivor. Kailangan iyan sa imbestigasyon," he said.

Before the Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board, Abrazado confirmed that Captain Jessup Bahinting was the main pilot when the Piper Seneca plane went down. There had been suspicions that Bahinting's student pilot, Nepalese Kshitiz Chand was the one who manned the plane.

Abrazado added that the plane's right wing was the first to go down, explaining why it was found separate from the plane's fuselage.

Apart from Abrazado, two mechanics of Aviatour Air also attended Monday's probe. Aviatour owns the ill-fated plane chartered by Robredo.

CAAP will no longer require abrazado to appear on its probe. It is expected to come out with its findings after 30 days.