THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) sent the Accident Investigation and Inquiry
Board (AIIB) and the Flight Safety Inspectorate Service (FSIS) to investigate after 10 persons
were killed when a Piper Lance 2 PA-32-300, six-seater single engine aircraft (with registry
number RP-C299) and operated by Lite Air Express crashlanded upon takeoff from Plaridel Airport at
a residential area in Purok 3, Barangay Lumang Bayan, Plaridel, Bulacan around 11:21 a.m.
CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio said the flight itinerary was Plaridel to Laoag Airport
with the pilot and four passengers on board. All plane occupants died in the crash with collateral
damage to a house with five occupants who also perished in the incident.
All aircraft operated by Lite Air Express were grounded pending the outcome of
Meanwhile, Apolonio said CAAP yesterday began the implementation of “Oplan Semana Santa
2018” in anticipation of surge of passengers for this Holy Week.
Apolonio said CAAP is expecting an eight percent increase in passenger influx for the Holy
Week, saying that in April last year, Philippine airports welcomed a total of 6,093,786 domestic
and international passengers with 3,841,283 of these passengers arriving and departing through the
Under the operational plan, additional security measures are now in place to ensure safe,
reliable, and convenient operations at all 40 commercial airports in the next two weeks.
Coordination has been made with airlines regarding the efficient processing of their
passengers especially at the check-in counters. Additional airline personnel will be deployed as
needed to accommodate the increase in travelers.
He said all 12 area managers handling the 37 CAAP-managed airports nationwide were also
advised that maximum deployment of service and security personnel will be observed so a “no leave
and day-off” policy will be implemented during the entire duration of Oplan Semana Santa.
The CAAP has also coordinated with the Office for Transport Security (OTS) for baggage
screenings and with the PNP-Aviation Security Group (AVSEGROUP) for perimeter security and
Meanwhile, help desks manned by duty officers will also be set-up to accommodate
passenger concerns. #