BSP says passengers, crew and cargo in chartered plane to Albay safe

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said a private jet that it chartered carrying six employees, crew on board and important cargo, are all safe and that it has deferred to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and other oversight agencies to look into the incident.

 

The chartered jet plane from Manila, carrying 6 employees of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), made an emergency landing at the Bicol International Airport (BIA) at around 11:30 am on Wednesday, January 10.

 

Marlyn Paje, deputy director of BSP Legazpi, said the plane was rented by the BSP central office from Asian Aerospace Corporation to send documents to BSP Legazpi.

 

The plane skidded off the runway of Bicol International Airport (BIA) in Barangay Alobo in Daraga town

 

Police Chief Inspector Arthur Gomez, spokesman for the Philippine National Police in Albay, said the pilot, Captain Jun Pangilinan, refused to give details to the police, citing confidentiality and that he would submit the full report to his superior.

 

Gomez withheld the names of the passengers following the confidentiality request.

 

All 6 passengers were safe, said Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) spokesman Erick Apolonio in a phone interview that the Gulfstream G200 plane was reportedly about to land at the Legazpi City Domestic Airport when sudden wind drop hit the aircraft, forcing the pilot to land instead on the 2.5-kilometer BIA runway, which is undergoing construction.

 

Apolonio said CAAP will still conduct an investigation as to the real cause of the emergency landing here.

The Gulfstream G200 private jet is the first to make an emergency landing at the Bicol International Airport in Daraga after more than a decade of delayed construction on its runway.

More than a year ago, President Rodrigo Duterte attended the groundbreaking ceremony of P4.8-billion Bicol International Airport. He vowed to finish the construction within three years “without corruption.”

 

 

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