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Private plane crash lands off the coasts of Zamboanga

Private plane crash lands in waters off Zamboanga City

MANILA – A Piper Seneca private plane had an emergency landing at the waters off Barangay Sinunoc, Zamboanga City at 10:00 A.M. today.

Reports reaching this city said the Philippine Coast Guard in Southwestern Mindanao, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the PCG deployed aluminum boats and alerted the Special Operations Group (SOG) and the Marine Environmental Protection teams for immediate assistance.

Residents near the area immediately rescued the four passengers as the Philippine Coast Guard evacuated the Indian pilot, his passengers, a Filipino, another Indian national and a Nepali citizen. They were all in good physical condition when brought to the CAAP office in Zamboanga City.

The private plane took off from Zamboanga City Airport and bound for Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental at about 9:30 A.M.

The still unidentified pilot said they he had to do an emergency landing because his left engine failed immediately after their take-off.

The PCG’s Marine Environmental Protection Unit deployed their oil spill boom because the plane had its fuel tank filled with aviation gas. Nobody was reported injured during the incident. (Melo M. Acuña)

Photos taken by Philippine Coast Guard personnel on the ill-fated private off Zamboanga City Airport. (PCG Photos)

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