Plane crashes at resort in Calamba, Laguna; kills 9

Maris Federez   •   September 1, 2019   •   842

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

CAAP begins probe on Laguna plane crash

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 2, 2019

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has begun investigation on the plane crash in Calamba, Laguna on Sunday (Sept 1).

The CAAP is already in possession of the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder of Lion Air 350 that crashed at a resort in Miramonte Village Barangay Pansol.

They also investigated the crash site and collected all the debris from the airplane.

According to CAAP Aircraft Investigator Harry Paradero, they also interviewed eye witnesses to document the scenario before the crash happened.

“Bali tinitignan pa lang namin iyong crash site, iyon lang naman sa ngayon, (For now, we are investigating the crash site)” he said.

The medical evacuation plane came from Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte. It boarded nine passengers and was supposed to fly to Manila in order to provide medical assistance to their New Zealander passenger.

READ: Plane crashes at resort in Calamba, Laguna; kills 9

None of the passengers survived the crash. Witnesses said parts of the plane were already separating before it crashed in their area.

“Talagang sinundan po na namin iyong pagbagsak kaya po nung naglanding siya dito mga 2 to 3 minutes, (We really followed the crash. It landed here at around 2 to 3 minutes),” said Jeff Rodriguez, one of the eye witnesses.

Meanwhile, families of the victims are set to bring their relatives home.—AAC (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

Laguna hospital explains use of improvised oxygen hood for infant patients

Marje Pelayo   •   August 14, 2019

LAGUNA, Philippines – Three infants inside Dr. Jose P. Rizal Memorial District Hospital in Calamba are placed under improvised oxygen hoods made from plastic water containers.

The halved one-gallon plastic containers are attached to an oxygen hose. Adhesive tape covers the edges of the container to protect the babies’ sensitive skin.

According to the hospital’s OIC Dr. Ignacia Flores, the patients are in dire need of oxygen due to their health conditions.

One of them, named Baby Ellaine, is suffering from severe dehydration and acute gastroenteritis while another baby, named Baby Camille, has pneumonia.

Baby Angel, meanwhile, is diagnosed with multiple congenital anomaliex.

Mas maganda iyan at iyan ang kailangan talaga kasi kung nasal cannula ang ikakabit, mas hindi effective yun sa bata kasi baby nga  sila (It’s better that way and it’s what they really need because if we use nasal cannula it wouldn’t be as effective because they are still babies),” Dr. Flores said.

Magiging iritable ang baby. Ang tendency niyan maglilikot. Matatanggal din itong cannula (na) ito, (The baby would be irritable and restless. The cannula will only get dislodged ),” she added.

The parents did not oppose such procedure though it drew criticisms when the photos went viral on social media.

Nakatulong naman po kasi hanggang ngayon buhay pa ang anak ko, (It seems to have helped because my baby is still alive),” said Angel’s mother Marjorie Canaco.

Kasi kapag nangingitim na si baby, itataas lang ito para lumakas (at) nawawala na yung pangingitim niya, (When my baby turns blue, I will just lift [this tube] and her color returns to normal),” she added.

Tulong na rin ito sa amin. Pagdating namin dito hindi siya makahinga kaya agad siyang nilagyan ng oxygen, (This helps us a lot. When we arrived here, she couldn’t breathe. They immediately attached this oxygen),” said Ellaine’s mother Ligaya Dolpo.

Flores argued that the hospital couldn’t reject the patients so they needed to find ways instead of driving them away.

“Actually, hindi na nagagamit din ang conventional kasi mas gusto [nila] itong improvised at mas mabilis nagagawa agad, (Actually, they don’t want the conventional (oxygen) and prefer the improvised which is faster to make),” Dr. Flore said.

As good as a conventional oxygen hood ang effect niyan. Nothing to worry,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Laguna Provincial Government in defense said the rise in cases of dengue in the province prompted them to improvise due to shortage in supply of oxygen hoods.

Ang oxygen hood kasi ay kung bakit nagkaubusan because of the outbreak, (There has been a shortage of oxygen hoods because of the (dengue) outbreak),” explained Christopher Sanji of Laguna Government PIO.

Ngayon lang nangyari ito sa probinsiya (This is the first time that this happened in the province),” Sanji added.

JP Rizal Hospital in Calamba is just one of the nine district hospitals that below average households from San Pedro to Bae in Laguna run to first for their medical concerns. – MNP (with details from Sherwin Culubong)

Expect flight delays this long holiday—CAAP

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2019

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has advised passengers to prepare for delayed flights this long holiday.

Earlier on Tuesday (April 16), several flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 4, en route to El Nido, Palawan and Tagbilaran, Bohol, were delayed by over 30 minutes. As of 12:00 noon, around 69 flights were delayed.

One of the passengers, Erwin Monongol said they were supposed to leave by 11:10 a.m.

“Delayed daw ang flight ewan ko kung anong dahilan baka congested iyong airport dito sa loob sabi nila (The flight got delayed, I don’t know. Maybe the airport was congested),” he said.

The CAAP said the delayed flights are mostly due to the congestion of air traffic and the influx of passengers traveling this long holiday.

According to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Tamayo said the on-going repairs of the taxiway in NAIA is also causing delays.

“This is the taxiway of the main runway hindi makadaan ang eroplano (airplanes cannot pass through) coming from terminal 3 going to its departure runway 06 using Charlie,” he said.

The CAAP had begun conducting repairs last March which is expected to finish in two months.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Board (CAB) reminds passengers experiencing delayed flights about the Air Passenger Bill of Rights.

According to the CAB, passengers have the right to ask for compensation or ticket refund if the airline has proven accountability for the flight delay.

Executive Director of CAB Atty. Carmelo Arcilla, however, said the
cause of the delay should be validated first.

“Ngayon ang kailangan muna natin i-distinguish ano ba ang dahilan ng delay kasi nagkaroon tayo ng mga upgrade sa airport pansamantalang pagkaka-delay ng mga flights natin (Now we first need to distinguish the reason of the delay because we have airport upgrades. That’s one reason for delayed flights).”

Despite the expected flight delays, authorities still remind passengers to still arrive at the airport at least three hours before the scheduled flight.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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