Bodies of 2 Indian plane crash victims found in Bataan

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) — Authorities on Friday recovered the bodies of two Indian nationals four days after a plane crash in Bataan.

The charred bodies of instructor Navern Nagaraja and student pilot Kuldeep Singh were found near Sitio Kinahigan, Barangay Tala in Orani town at around 8 a.m. and was airlifted at noon, authorities said. Their two-seater Cessna C152 training aircraft exploded after crashing into a tree last Monday, police said.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said the victims left the airport in Plaridel, Bulacan at 7:20 a.m., landed at Subic Airport at 7:51 a.m. and was expected to be back in Plaridel by 8:14 a.m. on Monday.

When they did not return, CAAP said authorities immediately conducted search and rescue operations. A joint task force composed of police, military and other officials on Friday "penetrated the crash site and reportedly found the two victims burned beyond recognition." The cadavers were airlifted by a Philippine Air force Sokol helicopter.

Representatives from the Indian Embassy are in Bataan to coordinate the repatriation. Authorities are now investigating the possible cause of the crash.