Aviation authorities slap sanctions on two Cebu Pacific pilots

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The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Tuesday said that Captain Antonio Roehl Oropesa and First Officer Edwin Perello of Cebu Pacific are liable for non-compliance with a number of Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations.

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John Andrews, Deputy Director General of CAAP said that Cebu Pacific pilots would be tested via a flight simulator to gauge their reactions and performance under duress: “If we see that most of them perform below par and at risky levels, that can only mean that the recent incident is not an isolated case.”

He added, “So depending on that which we intended to complete in one month by July 31. Either they will be recommended for suspension or we continue on with the other actions to be taken.”

CAAP sanctioned two pilots of Cebu Pacific involved in the faulty landing of their plane that veered off the runway of Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City.

On June 2, 2013, Cebu Pacific Flight 5J-971, an Airbus 320-213, departed from Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 5:40 p.m. en route to Davao International Airport. The flight reached its destination at 7:07 p.m. During landing, the aircraft rolled out of the runway, came to a halt, and was eventually immobilized 845 meters from its point of touchdown.

CAAP investigation of the incident involved conducting interviews with CAAP personnel, firemen, cabin crew, and the pilots. They also reviewed the transcripts of the control tower.

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