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Report on CebuPac accident in Davao airport out by June 24 - CAAP

CAAP Deputy Director General Capt. John Andrews gives journalists an update on the Davao airport runway accident involving a Cebu Pacific Airbus. At right is CAAP chief William Hotchkiss III. ERIC APOLONIO, INTERAKSYON.COM
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MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will release by June 24 the results of the inquiry into the Davao International Airport accident involving a Cebu Pacific plane that skidded off the runway, cancelling dozens of flights.

CAAP Deputy Director General Capt. John C. Andrews said in a briefing the transcript of the voice data recorder sent to Singapore for analysis is now in Manila, and a report from the Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board (AAIIB) is forthcoming.

The AAIIB is responsible for the investigation of air accidents and incidents involving civil aircraft occurring within the Philippines; or occurring outside the Philippines involving a Philippine registered aircraft or aircraft operated by a Philippines air operator certificate (AOC) holder. “The investigation conducted by AAIIB is independent of the investigations by judicial authorities and by enforcement and legal entities that apportion blame and liability in the Philippines,” Andrews explained.

He hopes President Benigno Aquino III will certify as urgent House bill 3276, seeking to create a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as an independent and non- regulatory agency to ensure thorough and impartial investigations of transportation accidents.  

Almost two weeks after the June 2 Davao accident, another Cebu Pacific plane, flight 5J448 from Iloilo, skidded to the right of the runway as it landed at NAIA amid heavy rains past 4 p.m. last June 13.

The incident tallies three in a row for the carrier: the first, at the Davao International Airport, involving flight 5J-971 involving an Airbus A320-200; and the second, a Cagayan de Oro-to-Davao flight that damaged several runway lights which airport authorities said was not reported by the pilot to the control tower.