SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has been reported to be one of the seven passenger of a Super King Air 350, with registry number RP-C 6198 bound for Catarman, Samar, that skidded off the runway while about to take off at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Tuesday morning.
Nobody was hurt after incident at domestic runway 13/31 and no flight disruption was recorded, even as Naia Airport Ground Operations and Safety Division personnel were ordered to clear the area of any debris. The crippled aircraft was towed back to the hangar.
According to the Media Affairs Division of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), no other flights were affected as airport operations resumed after clearing operations.
Sen. Bong Go shared his experience with the Senate media, narrating they had to abort the flight after the plane encountered mechanical issues in one of its engines.
“My team and I were supposed to be on our way to distribute assistance to our fellow Filipinos affected by heavy rains and floods in Mapanas, Catarman and Lavezares, all in Northern Samar. I was also scheduled to inspect the Super Health Center and a newly constructed covered court in Lavezares, as well as the renovated public market in Catarman,” Go said.
“Despite best efforts to secure alternative flights, with much regret, we cannot push through with my personal visit. The safety of everyone on board is also paramount. However, we made sure that the scheduled activities, particularly the distribution of much-needed assistance to the affected families, be conducted without delay. My staff had been on the ground in Northern Samar for several days already, assisting local authorities address the needs of the victims,” the senator added.
“Salamat sa Diyos na ligtas naman kami at walang gaanong aberya ang idinulot sa ating paliparan sa nangyari. I commend the MIAA personnel for the swift recovery action to minimize adverse impact on other flight operations and the plane crew for ensuring our safety,” Go said.