Saturday, May 9, 2009

Light plane crashes in Iloilo, student pilot unhurt

A Cessna plane piloted by a student crashed shortly after landing at the New Iloilo Airport yesterday noon.

Radio station dyOK Aksyon Radyo identified the pilot as 20-year-old Kutty Peeyush, an Indian national studying at the Visayas Aerospace College of Technology, a flight school situated just beside the airport in Cabatuan town. He had no companion during the flight.

Peeyush suffered no serious injuries, only pain on the left knee. He was brought to the Iloilo Doctor’s Hospital where doctor’s declared him out of danger.

Officials at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines in the airport did not issue any statement, and would not comment much on the incident, especially on what caused it, except to state off the record that operations were not hampered nor were any flights delayed.

The student pilot reportedly told hospital staff that he lost control of the light plane shortly after touching down at the airport, and veered off to a rice field.

An airport fire truck had to tow the plane so as not to obstruct the runway.

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