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King Air stalls with senator on board

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Sen. Bong Go with the stalled aircraft of King Air while talking to airport general manager Cesar Chiong. (JERRY S. TAN)

A King Air aircraft with a Senator on board was stalled at Runway 13/31 Tuesday morning.

Both crew and passengers have been declared unharmed, according to a report received from the medical division by the office of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Cesar Chiong.

The MIAA Rescue and Firefighting Division, Airport Grounds Operation and Safety Division, Medical Team and Airport Security, together with Investigators of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), responded to assist the said King Air aircraft that stalled at around 10:05 a.m.

The seven passengers and two crew members were unharmed and immediately assisted by the MIAA Rescue Team.

“The aircraft was successfully extracted at 10:43 a.m. and clearing operations were done by the MIAA Airport Ground Operations Safety Division (AGOSD) to check for possible Foreign Object Debris (FOD) before giving clearance to re-open Runway 13/31. Runway 13/31. It was re-opened by 10:48 p.m.,” Chiong said.

Senator Bong Go, who was among those on board, posted his experience: “at 10am today Tuesday, our plane had to abort the flight at NAIA after developing a mechanical issue in one of its engines. My team and I were supposed to be on our way to distribute assistance to our fellow Filipinos affected by heavy rains and floods in Mapanas, Catarman and Lavezares, all in Northern Samar. I was also scheduled to inspect the Super Health Center and a newly constructed covered court in Lavezares, as well as the renovated public market in Catarman today.

Despite best efforts to secure alternative flights, with much regret, we cannot push through with my personal visit. The safety of everyone on board is also paramount. However, we made sure that the scheduled activities, particularly the distribution of much needed assistance to the affected families, be conducted without delay. My staff had been on the ground in Northern Samar for several days already, assisting local authorities address the needs of the victims.

Salamat sa Diyos na ligtas naman kami at walang gaanong aberya ang idinulot sa ating paliparan sa nangyari. I commend the MIAA personnel for the swift recovery action to minimize adverse impact on other flight operations and the plane crew for ensuring our safety.

God willing, patuloy po akong bibisita sa ating mga kababayang tinamaan ng sakuna at nangangailangan dahil sa iba’t ibang krisis na hinaharap ng ating bansa. Tutulong po ako sa abot ng aking makakaya nasaan man kayo sa bansa.

No flights were affected during the emergency situation.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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