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Plane forced to land in Subic due to mechanical problem

By: - Correspondent / @amacatunoINQ
/ 02:37 PM April 11, 2016
The twin-engine aircraft owned by the APG International Aviation Academy, makes an emergency landing at the Subic International Airport on April 11, 2016. Photo by Allan Macatuno, Inquirer Northern Luzon, INQUIRER

Members of the crash rescue team of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority spray foam chemicals on a Piper Seneca 23 twin-engine aircraft after it made an emergency landing at a section of the Subic Bay International Airport inside the Subic Bay Freeport due to a malfunctioning landing gear on Sunday (Apr. 10, 2016).  The aircraft is owned by the APG International Aviation Academy, a flight school inside the free port. (Photo courtesy of Kmel Reyes)

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — A twin-engine aircraft carrying two pilots made an emergency landing at a section of the Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA) here after its nose wheel malfunctioned on Sunday morning.

According to SBIA officials, the front landing gear of aircraft RP-C1123 (Piper Seneca 23) failed to retract, prompting its occupants to seek help from the airport’s operation center at about 10 a.m.

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Filipino pilot, Capt. Jason Legaspi, 38, and Indonesian student pilot Akhyar Siregar Fadhli, 20, were unhurt when they landed the aircraft safely on Runway 25 at 11:20 a.m., SBIA officials said.

Legaspi said he tried to manually loosen and open the landing gear, but had failed, prompting him to alert the SBIA Control Tower, according to a report from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Law Enforcement Department.

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The SBMA crash team sprayed the aircraft with fire retardant chemicals as a precautionary measure, while an emergency medical trauma team tended to the passengers.

The aircraft, SBIA officials have said, is owned by the APG International Aviation Academy, a flight school operating inside the free port.

The six-seater plane was towed away from the runaway, to allow the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to investigate the accident.  SFM

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