Philippines minister missing after crash

Aug. 18, 2012 at 4:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Philippines Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo was missing Saturday after the small plane he was riding in crashed off Masbate Bay, authorities said.

Robredo's aide survived the crash, but the two pilots were also missing, civil aviation authorities told the state-run PNA news agency.

The pilots sent a distress call seeking an emergency landing at Masbate airport immediately before the crash, the Interior Department said in a Twitter that was later deleted, CNN reported.

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