CAAP af­firms Air Force event, sans plane crash

The Freeman - - REGION - Gilbert P. Bay­oran

BACOLOD CITY — The Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of the Philip­pines on Fri­day con­firmed the on­go­ing mil­i­tary ex­er­cises over Ne­gros Is­land airspace, but de­bunked claims of a plane crash re­ported on Thurs­day night.

Si­lay City-based CAAP pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Ofe­lia Leonardo told MBC Aksyon Radyo that they were in­formed by the CAAP na­tional of­fice of the mil­i­tary ex­er­cises that al­ready started un­til Septem­ber 26 this year in Ne­gros Is­land.

Based on the in­for­ma­tion re­layed to them, Leonardo said air­planes will be mak­ing a fly by in Ne­gros Is­land from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and not lower than 5,000 feet from the ground, Leonardo said with­out giv­ing fur­ther de­tails of the ac­tiv­ity.

But Leonardo said she could not say if it was a joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cise be­tween the United States Armed Forces and the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines, and that its ap­proval will be from CAAP na­tional.

Leonardo also de­nied that there was any ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing any air­craft here in Ne­gros, say­ing that all pas­sen­ger planes are all ac­counted for.

The re­ported plane crash had alarmed sev­eral search and res­cue groups in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, af­ter such news was re­ported in the me­dia.

The al­leged plane crash, how­ever, was re­ported in many other ar­eas of Ne­gros is­land, such as in Mabi­nay town in Ne­gros Ori­en­tal, and in Is­abela, To­boso, and Moises Padilla towns, and Es­calante City in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­taL.

Colonel Al­berto De­soyo, 303rd In­fantry Brigade com­man­der, who is su­per­vis­ing the in­ter­nal se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions in Ne­gros Is­land, also de­bunked re­ports that a plane crashed in the is­land.

He only said he got re­ports from a de­tach­ment com­man­der that he saw a plane Thurs­day night, fly­ing the airspace of Is­abela, and dis­ap­peared. It was a raw in­for­ma­tion that needs val­i­da­tion, he added.

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