Pilot's remains brought to Cebu

Posted at 08/23/12 7:53 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The remains of the pilot of the ill-fated plane that carried the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, have been brought to Cebu on Thursday morning.

A private plane left Masbate Thursday morning to bring the remains of 60-year-old Capt. Jessup Bahinting to his family in Cebu. Bahinting's body was recovered at around 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday after being underwater since Saturday.

Task Force Kalihim also successfully recovered the plane wreckage in Masbate.

However, Transportation and Communication Secretary Mar Roxas said the body of Nepalese co-pilot Kshitiz Chand was not found inside the plane.

Bahinting's brother, Orson, thanked authorities for not giving up until his brother's body was retrieved. He also decided to stay in Masbate to give assistance to Chand's family.

The Piper Seneca plane was carrying Robredo, his aide Jun Paolo Abrazado, and the two pilots when it crashed off the coast of Masbate last Saturday.

Abrazado was rescued immediately after the crash.

Divers retrieved Robredo's body from the plane’s fuselage on Tuesday morning.

They said Robredo's body was near the door of the wrecked plane.

Divers are scheduled to resume search and retrieval operations for Chand today. - report from Jose Caretero, ABS-CBN News Bicol