The co-pilot of the two-seater RPC-824 light cargo plane which crashed last Saturday in Dona Soledad Subdivision in Barangay Don Bosco, Paranaque City, Metro Manila, hailed from Iloilo.
Classmates of the victim First Officer Jessie Kim Lustica gravely mourned his untimely demise after the cargo plane crashed that also killed 14 persons.
In an interview over a local radio station here, Shane Dela Llana, former classmate of Lustica at the Iloilo National High School, said the victim will always remain in their heart as Captain Lustica.
Dela Llana described the pilot during their high school days as a silent and well-behaved fellow. He excelled in Mathematics, thus he aspired to become a pilot which he successfully achieved as a career at the young age of 22.
The victim's mom Mrs. Alicia Lustica, Regional Technical Director for Ecosystems Research and Development Service of Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region VI, has recently left Pavia, Iloilo for Metro Manila in connection with her son's death.
Meanwhile, Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) Secretary Mar Roxas ordered the operation of the Beechcraft Queen Air, which operate the light plane, suspended.
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Air Accident Investigation Board Capt. Amado Soliman said they would also be checking the records of the aircraft and the pilots, as well.
Apart from those killed, some 100 individuals have been affected by the incident after their houses were burned as an aftermath of the plane's explosion.