More than 150 passengers of a small aircraft and a commercial jet survived forced landings on Wednesday, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
The small plane of Chemtrad Aviation made an emergency landing at Sangley Airport in Cavite because of a defective landing gear while Cebu Pacific Flight 5J639 landed at Puerto Princesa Airport in Palawan with a hole on its nose landing gear.
All passengers and crew of both planes were safe, the CAAP said.
The Chemtrad aircraft with registry number RP-C1136 departed from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 5:20 p.m. with flight plan Manila-Plaridel-Manila.
But upon takeoff near South Harbor, pilot in command Capt. Jesse Bihasa reported that the landing gear did not retract., forcing him to land at Sangley’s Danilo Atienza Air Base.