MAGALANG -- After a forced landing at a rice field here and damaging crops, two Japanese nationals are now facing deportation.

Magalang and Arayat police identified the Japanese as Nobuyuki Kuroda, 76, and Nakanome Masaya, 47, both bearing Japanese passports. The two were reportedly found after they landed their ultralight sports plane due to poor weather conditions at a rice field in Barangay San Ildefonso.

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According to Arayat police chief Elbert Pagente, the said sports plane, piloted by Kuroda with her Filipina live-in partner, took-off from Barangay Telapayong and was headed to Magalang. After about an hour, the pilot decided to make a forced landing at a rice field owned by one Alfaro David. Damage to crops was estimated at P10,000.

Police said the Kuroda and Masaya started flying their aircraft in March 2010 without proper documents and permits from local and national agencies.

Kuroda was brought to the Magalang Police Station for further investigation. They were facing deportation for allegedly being undesirable aliens whom police said posed safety and security risks to residents of Arayat and nearby towns. (Marlon P. Beltran)