Published: Thu, June 06, 2013
Posted 6/5/13 10:05 PM | Updated as of 6/6/13 7:17 AM
Officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) hope that a review of the Flight Data Recorder will reflect the real situation inside Flight 5J971 moments before it overshot the runway in Davao City over the weekend, even as they add it will take two days for experts in Singapore to analyze the content of the so-called black box.
"They will do that as soon as possible," Brig. Gen. Rodante Joya, chief finance officer of the CAAP said on Wednesday. "But the opening of the black box and analysis may take two days. But it depends on the number of black boxes. Nakapila yan eh [They're in a queue]. If we will be given priority, it will be finished in two days."
Meanwhile, with the cause of the mishap still unclear, the CAAP will not impose any sanctions on the airlines, Rodante added.
The mishap was not the first for Cebu Pacific. In 2011, another Cebu Pacific plane overshot the runway at the Puerto Princesa International Airport.
But until now, the results of the probe of that incident is still pending.
Joya said the CAAP has been mandated to speed up the investigation.
He hopes to produce results in just a few months, which was how long it took for the CAAP to investigate the plane crash that killed Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.
On the night of Sunday, June 2, Flight 5J 971 veered off the runway during a heavy downpour.
The plane was doing a maneuver called "crabbing." In crabbing, a pilot turns towards the direction of the wind before landing. Once the landing gear touches the runway, the pilot has to straighten out the plane's position.
But initial probe indicates that the pilot, Captain Antonio Roel Oropesa, might have failed to do this, causing the plane to skid off the runway.
All 165 passengers were unhurt. But they complained of how they were shabbily treated.
The emergency team of Davao City – Central 911 – was not allowed into the airport to help them.
But Joya pointed out that it was a precaution, saying: "The threat from other sectors – like terrorism, for example. You cannot just allow any vehicle [to get in], even if it's an ambulance, because you don't know if terrorists, or the enemies of the state, are just masquerading. So we will have to check coordinations."
It took Cebu Pacific about 48 hours to get the plane off the runway, causing 100 flights to be canceled and stranding hundreds of passengers.
The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and the Davao City Investment Promotion Center estimates that the canceled flights also caused the city to lose close to P250 million in revenues, broken down as follows:
- P500,000 from airport concessionaires' earnings
- P1.5 million for transport service providers (vans, cabs, tourist buses, and car rentals)
- P2 million for airport terminal revenues
- P3 million for the cancelled hotel bookings
- P50 million for other allied industries
- P190 million for cargo