Pilot error, engine failure caused Robredo crash, investigators say

The plane crash that killed Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and his two pilots in August has been blamed on pilot error and a faulty engine.

The plane crash that killed Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and his two pilots in August has been blamed on pilot error and a faulty engine.

 

Perseus Echeminada of the Philippine Star reports a crash investigation panel found that Nepalese student pilot Khshitiz Chand had been in the pilot’s seat during the flight. Investigators said Chand was not qualified to fly a Piper Seneca and " lacked proficiency in handling aircraft in abnormal situations."

 

Robredo’s flight from Cebu to Naga City in Bicol ran into trouble 23 minutes after takeoff when its right-hand engine stalled. The plane crashed into the waters off Masbate island after a failed attempt at an emergency landing.

 

"The last and fatal decision made was making a right controlled turn toward the dead engine, the aircraft manual says that if [a] turn is made towards a dead engine, the aircraft will pitch up about 15 degrees followed by a stall towards the dead engine," the report said.

 

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