Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cessna plane crashes at Lingayan

LINGAYEN -- A two-seater, single engine Cessna plane owned by Flight and Simulator Training (Fast), Inc. crash land at Lingayen airport Sunday morning. Nobody was reported injured. (Tuesday, May 13, 2008)

The pilot was identified as Nachikita Raval, 19, an Indian national. 

Mariano Trinidad of the Air Transportation Office (ATO) said they are waiting for the report of the ATO Safety Investigating Team (which was to arrive Monday afternoon) on the matter. 

It was at 10:25 a.m. Sunday when the Cessna plane (RP C-8204) approached runway 08 of Lingayen airport for Raval’s third and final pattern of her solo flight. 

It touched down on the spot of the threshold slightly to the runway 08 centerline, causing the aircraft to nose dive on the left side of the runway. 

The aircraft skidded for about 300 meters. It suffered damages on the right wing, landing gear, nose, engine and propeller. 

The hanger of Fast Flight is at the Manila Domestic Airport Complex General Aviation Area in Pasay City. 

Trinidad said about 20 light planes land everyday at Lingayen airport. 

The Lingayen airstrip was built in 1945 by the Americans during the liberation of Luzon. Its current runway measures 920 meters. 

One of the pet projects of Governor Amado Espino Jr. is the conversion of Lingayen airport into a domestic airport to boost the economic activities in Pangasinan Province. 

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