• CAAP grounds aviation school

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    The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Wednesday suspended the operations of Fliteline Flying School after one of its trainer planes, a Cessna 152, crash landed in Plaridel, Bulacan on Tuesday.

    CAAP deputy director general for operations Rodante Joya said the suspension is in connection with the ongoing investigation by the Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board (AAIIB).

    The pilot-in-command of the ill-fated Cessna plane, 40-year-old Capt. Arthur Rebollido, was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.

    His 24-year-old student pilot James Oquialda, who sustained fractured skull was brought to the Dr. Peralta Hospital. He was later transferred to the Our Lady of Mercy hospital where he died last night due to internal bleeding.

    CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio earlier said the single propeller Cessna plane was doing a touch-and-go exercise as part of Oquialda’s training.

    According to SPO1 Emison Palaganas, 48, a member of the Aviation Security Group assigned at the Plaridel Airport, the plane made a touch and go maneuver on the runway. It was about to take off when it lost power and crashed behind the Plaridel cockfighting arena.

    The CAAP authorities have yet to complete their investigation of the incident.

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