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"Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinangalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan. (He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination)." Jose Rizal.
The body of "Lakandula"/Chua was later recovered about 40 miles east of Manila by local officials in Real, Quezon nearly buried in mud with his belt bag containing cash and jewelry reportedly missing. The remains of his homemade parachute was recovered about a kilometer away from where his body was found.
There was a bit of a comical twist to the otherwise horrifying incident after Chua was able to secure his loot and was about to escape with it. The hijacker who appeared to be deranged, wearing a ski mask, swimming goggles and was armed with a grenade and pistol, commanded the pilot to descend and depressurize the airplane so the door could be opened, allowing him to escape using a makeshift parachute.Just before his jump, the hijacker asked the crew to show him how to do it using a nylon parachute he brought with him. Seeing that the make shift parachute apparently had no rip cord, one of the pilots took a curtain sash and attached it to the homemade parachute. The hijacker finally jumped at 6,000 feet from the plane’s left rear door while the aircraft was circling 13 miles from Manila. A flight attendant pushed him out of the door so he could escape against the strong force of the air. He reportedly separated from the parachute in midair and plunged to his death somewhere on a mountain in Quezon.
The plane landed with the door still open after the hijacker’s dramatic exit.