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Philippines Bound Plane Missing

February 2, 1998

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A plane carrying 104 passengers and crew has been declared missing after failing to land in the Philippines, air transport officials said Monday.

The Cebu Pacific Air’s 110-seater DC-9 aircraft was carrying 99 passengers and five crewmen when it failed to arrive in the city of Cagayan de Oro, said the airline’s general manager, Diego Garrido.

The plane had taken off from Manila, the capital, about 9 a.m. Monday, then landed at the central city of Tacloban. It took off from Tacloban at 10:20 a.m., heading for Cagayan de Oro, a city on the southern island of Mindanao, 500 miles south of Manila.

In his last radio call to the Cagayan de Oro air control tower, the pilot said he was at an altitude of 11,500 feet and starting to descend, Garrido said.

The pilot did not report any trouble with the plane and said his estimated arrival time was 11:03 a.m.

When the plane did not arrive, Garrido said the Philippine air force launched a search for it.

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