Sunday, March 8, 2009

Plane's tire bursts upon landing in the Philippines

CEBU CITY, Philippines ? A light aircraft that came from a training flight met a minor accident when it landed at the general aviation area of the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Saturday.

The light plane, with tail number RPC 4433 and operated by Aviatour, had just finished its training flight when its main right wheel tire exploded when it landed at 5:52 p.m. Saturday, according to Samuel Elle, MCIA?s manager for domestic operation.

Fortunately, the pilot, identified as Captain Allan Kho and his student pilot, Manish Ratna Shakya, a Nepalese, were not hurt, Elle said. The two departed from the airport at 4:27 p.m. for the training flight, Elle added.
The cause of the accident was still under investigation, he said.

Elle said the incident did not cause any disruption in the airport?s operation as the damaged aircraft was immediately towed to a hangar, or at about 6:04 p.m.

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