A two-seater Cessna 152 training aircraft belonging to a flying school based in the Clark Freeport crashed at the Loakan Airport here on Thursday, but its pilot and his student survived.
Reports from the regional Office of Civil Defense and the police said the plane bounced twice off the tarmac as it descended at 9:27 a.m. and landed with its wheels turned up to the sky on a grassy portion near the runway.
The pilot, Capt. Glen Pedraha, and his student, Paul Burns, suffered bruises and gashes and were taken to the nearby Philippine Military Academy Station Hospital.
OCD reports said the aircraft belonged to the Omni Aviation School in Clark. Personnel of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and police cordoned off the crash site and blocked airport gates following the incident.
Several men painted over the body markings of the downed Cessna, with tail number RPC8864. Three more Cessna planes belonging to Omni were seen parked at the airport on Thursday morning.
CAAP officials, however, declined to discuss the accident.
Emmanuel Carantes, a resident of Barangay Loakan near the airport, said he saw the aircraft bobbing as it approached the runway.
The skies were clear when the plane flew in from Clark, he said.
Apparently it was two pilots, no instructor involved ..