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Missing airplane found, but no sign of people on board

STILL SEARCHING:Two rescue teams have been sent to try to find the three passengers on the plane, who were on an aerial photography flight

Staff writer, with CNA

The Dapeng Airlines plane that went missing two days ago is seen after it was found in a mountainous area in Hualien County yesterday.

Photo: CNA

A Dapeng Airlines plane that went missing two days ago has been spotted in a mountainous area in the eastern county of Hualien, Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) officials said yesterday.

The BN-2 light utility aircraft was spotted from the air at 9:55am, about 30km west of Yuli Township (玉里), the CAA said.

There was no sign of the three people who were on board the aircraft when it went missing, according to the CAA.

The aircraft appeared to be mostly intact and seemed to have made a forced landing on the mountain at an altitude of 2,800m, Dapeng vice president Ouyang Chung-heng (歐陽忠恆) said.

“No significant damage to the body of the aircraft was noticed, but it is hard to say for sure because we’ve got only a blurry photo from the air,” Ouyang added.

Helicopters from the National Rescue Command Center have been dispatched to join the rescue effort, transport officials said.

Meanwhile, a rescue team was sent on foot to try and reach the plane by evening, the center said.

The aircraft was on an aerial photography mission when it lost contact with air traffic controllers on Thursday. Those aboard were identified as pilot Hsueh Chen-hao (薛晨浩), co-pilot Chang Ming-ching (張明欽) and aerial photographer Chien Yu-hsin (錢煜新).

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