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December 14, 1987

A Philippine Airlines plane with 15 people aboard vanished on a flight to Mindanao island, but the search was called off because of darkness. The flight left Cebu City with 11 passengers and four crew members bound for Iligan City, about 150 miles south, said Jose Reyes, deputy operations chief of the Manila Rescue Coordinating Center. Radio contact with the British-made SD-360 Sunriser was lost after pilot Roberto Sarenas radioed for a weather report about 10 minutes before he was to have landed in the northern Mindanao city. The airline said all aboard bore Filipino surnames except for one, a "John Richard Wood," believed to have been an Australian.

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