The Puerto Princesa City International Airport (PPCIA) is ready to respond to any similar incident like what happened to Xiamen Airline if it happens in Palawan, a local official of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) assured the public Wednesday.
Engr. Percival Malonesio, airport manager, said the facility is prepared if the same accident happens though overshooting in airport runways are unpredictable.
“Mas madali ditong hanapan ng paraan. May mga equipment naman na pwedeng mahiram at saka kung dito lang naman ay madali lang maayos ng mga rescuer natin,” Malonesio said.
He said they work with other government agencies, especially the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). He also added that airline companies have their own troubleshooters and rescuers that could work with CAAP.
“Nakakagulat ýong ganong nangyari, masakit man ýan sa aming operator, kagaya naming regulator. Sinasabi namin na dapat always zero accident,” he said.
Malonesio said Xiamen Airline flight MF8667 which skidded and overshot the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) runway on August 16 has affected over 100 passengers of the domestic flights of Cebu Pacific and Air Asia.
He said the stranded passengers were allowed to spend the night on the terminal area, where local airline management offices provided them food assistance in accordance with the Air Passenger Bill of Rights.
“May kanya-kanya kasing management, privilege, may mga strategy bawat opisina. Hindi naman maiiwasan ýan,” Malonesio said.