PH aviation authorities probing mysterious emergency landing at Bicol International Airport

Gulfstream G200. Image ©

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is investigating an incident early this month when a private jet carrying Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas sensitive documents had an emergency landing at the Bicol International Airport.

Part of the probe includes summoning its two pilots, Captain Pedro Pangilinan, Jr. and First Officer Jasper Ferguson.

Initial result of the investigation shows that Pangilinan and Ferguson were flying a Gulfstream G200 jet which is bound to Legazpi, Albay from Manila when it suddenly made an emergency landing at the BIA, which is still under construction, reportedly due to sudden wind drop.

It was further learned that the plane, which is operated by Asian Aerospace, was charted by the BSP to carry documents to its Legazpi branch.

CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio, in a text message, said Pangilinan and Ferguson with four others were not hurt during the incident. He, however, refused to name the passengers of the plane due to privacy concerns.

Apolonio also said the jet is still in the grassy area of the BIA where CAAP probers are still investigating.

Moreover, Apolonio said the result of the investigation cannot be released this week because investigators are still gathering more evidence, which includes the pilot communication to radio tower, to determine what really happened.

According to a retired pilot, who refused to be identified, the wind drop can only temporary affect the aircraft, and therefore it can immediately resume normal flight after adjusting to a new wind speed.

But, he added, if the plane was hit by a strong downdraft damaging it or if any of the passengers were hurt, perhaps that was when the pilots decided to make an emergency landing.

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