Sunday, January 11, 2009

25 passengers injured when an aircraft crash-landed in Aklan

MANILA -- At least 25 passengers were injured when an aircraft hit a side wall while landing at the runway of Caticlan Airport in Aklan on Sunday morning, according to Aklan Provincial Police Office.

Zest Air flight 6K865, owned by the Asian Spirit Airlines, left Manila Domestic Airport at 06:10 am and crash-landed in Caticlan at around 7:00 am on board a 27 passengers from Manila mostly bound to Boracay. All the 25 victims were brought to Caticlan Baptist Hospital.

In an interview, Deputy Provincial Director Police Superintendent Anthony Maghari confirmed that out of 25 injured, three of them are not passengers but only personnel who were near the area. Two Australians, two Koreans and a German national were reported injured.

Four passengers including the pilot are still in the said hospital due to major wounds after obtaining severe laceration, abrasion and hematoma. Maghari also said that they were able to maintain the contacts of the other victims for further assistance they might need.

Maghari narrated that the plane before landing lose its control due to strong winds making two turns causing it to land on the national road instead of the runway. Upon landing, it bounced resulting for the tires to swivel hitting the right-wing wall of the airport.

As of now, authorities cannot still determine if the airport sustained major damages but the Air Transportation Office decided to temporarily close the airport due to the said incident.

Meanwhile, Asian Spirit has no official statements regarding the incident as they are still undergoing investigation.

The airport resumed its operations at about 12:15 pm, said Ms. Marie Torres Airport Manager of Caticlan Airport.

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