MANILA, Philippines—A training plane made a forced landing Tuesday morning at Plaridel Airport in Bulacan, but its pilot and his trainee were both unhurt, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said.
In its initial report, the CAAP Operations and Rescue Coordinating Center said the Cessna 152 training aircraft, with tail number RP-C8220, advised the airport tower at around 10 a.m. that it had made a forced landing about three nautical miles (about 5.5 km) north of the airport.
The training aircraft is owned and operated by the Leading Edge International Aviation Academy, which is based in Taguig City. The pilot was identified as Capt. Don Earl Hinayon and while the student pilot, an Indonesian, was identified only as Louis in the academy’s report.
The CAAP said it had dispatched its investigators Roderick Briones and Judy Armenio to investigate the incident.
CAAP director general William Hotchkiss III said that pending the completion of the investigation and in accordance with the provisions of the Republic Act No. 9497 or the Civil Aviation Authority Act of 2008, the agency has imposed a preventive suspension on Leading Edge.
This means all training flights of the aviation school will be temporary halted.
In 2007, the Plaridel airport was temporarily closed following a collision over Malolos City of two Cessna 150s, which resulted in the deaths of three persons from two aviation schools.