CAAP says wreckage at Mayon slope belongs to missing Cessna

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) confirmed on Tuesday, Feb. 21, that the wreckage found near the crater of the Mayon Volcano in Albay belongs to the Cessna plane that went missing shortly after its take off at the Bicol International Airport.

In a statement, the CAAP said that it could not check on the condition of the pilot, the mechanic and the two Australian passengers as the crash site remains unreachable.

"The wreckage site is located at the west side slope of Mayon Volcano at the elevation of 3500-4000 feet. The wreckage was identified using a high resolution camera," the statement read.

Local rescue teams earlier announced that they would tap Mayon Volcano climbers to check on the crash site.

Earlier today, the search and rescue team launched three attempts to reach the crash site but it all failed due to strong winds in the area.

The team utilized a Philippine Air Force (PAF) Black Hawk helicopter and a Philippine Navy AW109 aircraft in the operations.