Plane crash delays flights

TWO departures and one arrival of commercial flights were delayed after airport officials suspended its operations following the crash landing of a single-seater Agcat plane owned by Mactan Aviation takeoff on Friday around 8 a.m.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) said three flights with around 700 passengers were affected because they had to remove debris on the runway.

“We suspended our operation. The runway was cleared of the debris from the crashed airplane after an hour,” engineer Frederick Sanfelix, airport manager said.

Captain Jose Bugarin Jr., the plane's pilot, escaped unscathed.

Owned by Mactan Aviation Technology Center Inc., the single-seater spray plane was on its first flight to Kapalong, Davao del Norte for a spraying operation. It already reached 100 meters when it malfunctioned.

The spray plane’s rudder, elevator, wings, and propeller were destroyed.

Sanfelix said CAAP Davao is not authorized to conduct an investigation on the incident.

u201cIt is duty of our Aircraft Accident Investigation Division in Manila,” Sanfelix said.

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