Parañaque plane crash kills 14, probe yields baffling initial findings

Business Mirror Online reported on Saturday, December 10, that a twin-engine Beechcraft Queen Air cargo carrier light airplane crashed into Annex 35 Street, Better Living Subdivision in Parañaque City. The crash killed 13 people (the plane’s two pilots and one passenger, along with 10 residents ) and caused a fire that razed around 50 informal settler shanties, as well as some parts of the F. Serrano Elementary School.

Business Mirror Online reported on Saturday, December 10, that a twin-engine Beechcraft Queen Air cargo carrier light airplane crashed into Annex 35 Street, Better Living Subdivision in Parañaque City. The crash killed 13 people (the plane’s two pilots and one passenger, along with 10 residents ) and caused a fire that razed around 50 informal settler shanties, as well as some parts of the F. Serrano Elementary School. ABS-CBNNews.com later reported that the death toll from the crash had reached 14.

 

An Interaksyon.com report, citing information from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), revealed: "The plane off at the Manila Domestic Airport at 1:45 p.m. Then, at 2:10 pm, the control tower received an emergency call from the pilot, asking for ’emergency re-landing.’"

 

On Sunday, December 11, Interaksyon.com reported: "Investigators looking into the causes of Saturday's plane crash in Paranaque are scratching their heads over some of the initial findings, particularly the absence of fuel in what remains of the aircraft."

 

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) director general Ramon S. Gutierrez revealed, "The engines are severely charred and we wonder if investigators would be able to find out whether there was fuel contamination or fuel starvation that caused the engines to quit in mid-air. As of now, the investigators are scratching their heads because it seems that there was no fuel left at all following the conflagration that also burned the engine block."

 

The Aircraft Accident Investigation Inquiry Board (AAIIB) and the Flight Safety Inspectorate Service (FSIS) will be investigating the crash further.

 

For more on this story, log on to Business Mirror Online, Interaksyon.com, and ABS-CBNNews.com.

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