Plane crashes at resort in Calamba, Laguna; kills 9

Maris Federez   •   September 1, 2019   •   1401

Rescuers hurried to the crash scene and searched for victims at crash site in Brgy Pansol, Calamba, Laguna.

UPDATE — A plane that crashed in Calamba City in Laguna province Sunday afternoon had reportedly killed nine individuals.

Authorities confirmed that the nine fatalities had been on the plane.

Earlier reports said only eight people had been listed on the manifesto.

Calamba Mayor Justin Chipeco said a small plane crashed at around 3:30 pm.

Authorities said the plane crashed at Miramonte Subdivision in Barangay Pansol, where most private resorts are located.

In an interview, Jeffrey Rodriguez, head of the city Public Order and Safety Office, said they are still gathering information on the passengers but pointed out that, “we have secured the area, the Bureau of Fire is here.”

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said 8 people were aboard the aircraft.

According to CAAP, the plane was a BE350 medical evacuation aircraft with registry number RP-C2296.

The aircraft had come from the Dipolog Airport in Zamboanga del Norte and lost radar contact at around 3:10 pm while flying 25 nautical miles from Manila.

Authoruties are still determining the identities of the eight fatalities. /mbmf

MIAA, CAAP to defer airline charges amid COVID-19 threat

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 9, 2020

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will defer airline charges amid the COVID-19 threat.

The CAAP and MIAA had been instructed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to defer payment for take-off, landing, and parking fees of local airlines.

This is amid the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the airline industry.

In a statement on Facebook, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the government needs to extend its arms due to the COVID-19 threat.

Both MIAA and CAAP have stressed that the decision was made to extend help to airlines amid the decrease of airline passengers, and flights due to COVID-19.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said local airlines operating under CAAP will save P37-million a month in terms of deferred take-off, landing, and parking fees.

“The airlines will pay the deferred charges once the COVID-19 threat in the country is lifted,” according to the DOTr statement.—AAC

DOTr, CAAP, MIAA: Flight suspension in effect until further notice

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 13, 2020

An ash column from erupting Taal Volcano looms over Tagaytay city, Philippines, 12 January 2020. According to media reports, evacuations are underway as the volcano spewed ash as high as 1,000 meters into the sky. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said flight suspension due to the effects of Taal eruption will “remain until further notice”.

The CAAP along with the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced on Sunday (January 12) that the suspension of flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will have to go beyond the initial 11:00 p.m. scheduled re-opening.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal reported that runways and ramps in NAIA have already accumulated ash due to the Taal volcano eruption.

He also appealed to passengers not to proceed to NAIA, and to check with their respective airlines about updates of flights. He further advised that the MIAA will be shutting down some air handling units to avoid ash ingestion.

Airline operators were also tasked by the CAAP and thr MIAA to attend to their passengers and make sure that there are ground staff to assist them.

There are a total of 172 flights have been affected with 169 cancelled flights and three diverted flights.

Passengers may call the following NAIA Flight information numbers:

Terminal 1 (88771-109 local 2181)
Terminal 2 (88771-109 local 2182)
Terminal 3 (88777-888 local 2183)
Terminal 4 (88771-109 local 2184)
MIAA SMS Hotline 0917-8396242
0918-9186242
MIAA Hotline 88771-111
Or check our Facebook Page and Twitter @MIAAGovPh

CAAP: 3 major airlines commit to aid evacuation of Filipinos from Middle East

Robie de Guzman   •   January 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Friday that three airlines in the country have pledged their commitment to provide aid to Filipino workers in the Middle East who may be repatriated should tensions escalate between the United States and Iran.

In a statement, CAAP director general Jim Sydiongco identified these airlines as Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia.

“Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have agreed to accommodate free of charge stranded Filipinos in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) or in any of its available Middle East flights, once the plans for the repatriation has been outlined. Air Asia on the other hand has agreed to the possible allocation and free accommodation of repatriated Filipinos that need to go back to their respective provinces in their domestic flights,” Sydiongco said.

CAAP said the airlines made the commitment after they met with officials from the Department of National Defense, Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Transportation to draft plans for the possible evacuation of Filipinos affected by the current US-Iran tension.

The same meeting also mapped-out actions currently being undertaken by concerned government agencies, as well as future strategies that the government will initiate should the events in the Middle East escalate, in order to secure the safety of Filipinos there.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, for his part, said the air sector guarantees the swift and effective implementation of the repatriation plan.

“When needed, our aviation sector, and the whole of DOTr, will fully support the government’s efforts in this repatriation. We will ensure that there will be no delays in getting our OFWs home and safe,” Tugade said.

CAAP likewise expressed readiness to comply with the government’s requirements to facilitate air movement.

“CAAP will be doing its part and will be more than willing to support air operations that will ensure the safety of the Filipino people in this crucial time,” Sydiongco said.

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