NAIA runway closed after plane breaks landing gear

Posted at 08/22/14 7:51 PM

MANILA - The Ninoy Aquino International Airport's Runway 13/31 was closed to commercial traffic for two hours on Friday afternoon after a Beechcraft plane broke its landing gear during an emergency landing.

Gen. Vicente Guerzon, senior assistant general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), said the plane with registry number RPC 984 declared an emergency landing reportedly due to malfunctioning landing gear.

The plane, owned by CM Aero Services, was loaded with fish cargo from Palawan and piloted by Capt. Sherwin Rala and Ronela Acuna.

Guerzon immediately deployed fire and rescue personnel to the runway after the emergency call was relayed by the Manila control tower.

The pilot dumped their remaining aviation fuel as standard safety procedure while fire and rescue personnel waited for the plane to land.

The plane, however, broke its main landing gear upon touchdown. Responding fire and rescue personnel then immediately doused chemical components on the aircraft to prevent fire.

Runway 13/31, which serves domestic flights, was cleared of debris after two hours.

No flights were affected as adjacent runway 06-24 was used as alternate runway.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is conducting a thorough investigation on the incident. -- By Raoul Esperas