The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Saturday announced that it is now using a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) in its ongoing search for the downed OV-10 "Bronco" attack plane which went downed while on a night proficiency flight last June 23.
Commodore Enrico Evangelista, PCG Palawan District commander, said that the decision to use the ROV was done to ensure the safety of divers.
He added the ROV will be used to determine if an object detected by sonar equipment five nautical miles off the Puerto Princesa airport last Thursday is indeed the wreckage of the OV-10.
The Coast Guard has been searching nearly a week for the Air Force OV-10 aircraft that crashed off
Earlier, the military's Western Command activated a task force to oversee search efforts for the two pilots of the OV-10.
The pilots were identified as Major Jonathan Ybanez and 1st Lt. Abner Trust Nacion
The crash had prompted the Philippine Air Force to ground its fleet of OV-10 aircraft while an investigation is ongoing.