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Philippine copter pilots see no crash survivors

Helicopter pilots hovering over the scattered wreckage of a DC-9 aircraft that had 104 people aboard saw no signs of life.

Searchers struggled up steep mountain slopes toward the crash site of the twin-engine Cebu Pacific Air DC-9 aircraft, spotted on Mount Sumagaya, 28 miles northeast of the plane's destination, Cagayan de Oro. Hampered by darkness and thick vegetation, their efforts were called off overnight.The plane had been missing since it failed to land Monday in the southern Philippine city on the island of Mindanao.

A local religious group and an army detachment reported hearing an explosion near the 7,260-foot mountain.

Cebu Pacific initially quoted a local mayor as saying villagers had rescued 15 people. But Mayor Antonio Calingin retracted that claim, saying, "No survivor has been rescued."