Filipino Seaman on Board Crashed Air France Plane (Update)
June 2, 2009 by DFA-PISU
PR-331-09, 2 June 2009 – A Filipino seafarer was among the 228 listed passengers of Air France Flight 447 which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on the evening of May 31 (Brasilia time).
The Filipino was identified as Arden Jugueta, a seafarer whose vessel docked in Rio de Janeiro and who was to take a connecting flight from Paris to Manila.
The French Foreign Ministry notified the Philippine Embassy in Paris of the Filipino seafarer’s identity. Similarly, Mr. Jugueta’s ship manning company confirmed that he was on board Air France Flight 447.
The Paris main offices of Air France and the local shipping agency have communicated with the family of Mr. Jugueta.
The Department of Foreign Affairs will continue to monitor the latest developments in the ongoing search and rescue operations by military and aviation authorities of Brazil, France and Spain near the island of Fernando de Noronha, about 1,500 miles east of Rio de Janeiro.
The DFA will also extend assistance to Mr. Jugueta’s family.
Air France Airbus A330 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean en route to Paris, France from the Galeao International Airport in Brazil. There were 228 passengers on board the aircraft. END
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
2 June 2009
Filipino seaman Arden Jugueta is the Pinoy passenger of the ill-fated Air France Flight 447 that is believed to have crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
Meanwhile, aircraft debris have been spottted by Brazilian air force personnel looking for the missing aircraft. Searchers are still trying to confirm if these debris are the remains of Flight 447.
More on that in this report by MSNBC:
This article from CNN, Ships head for area where airplane debris spotted, tells us more about what is now known regarding Air France Flight 447.
6 June 2009 9:30am
Here are two ABS-CBN News reports on Arden Jugueta and the family that he left in Manila, via kyte.tv: