THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has positively identified the wreckage found near the crater of Mayon Volcano in Bicol as that of the missing Cessna 340A.

“The wreckage site is located at the west side slope of Mayon Volcano at the elevation of 3,500 to 4,000 feet,” CAAP said in a statement.

“The wreckage was identified using a high resolution camera,” it added.

CAAP said it is yet to know the condition of the four passengers, including the pilot, as rescuers are yet to reach the crash site.

It said rescuers used a military chopper and aircraft in an attempt to reach the wreckage site but failed three times due to strong winds.

The rescuers will also try to travel by land using an ATV to reach the area if the weather permits.

The Cessna 340A with tail number (RP-C2080) went missing on Saturday, February 18, while en route to Manila. (SunStar Philippines)