No sanction for contractor on airport runway fiasco PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 12:18

There will be no sanction for the contractor whose broken equipment on the runway caused the cancellation of flights at the Zamboanga International Airport.

This was revealed by CAAP Area Manager Mohammad Rascal who attributed the incident to an unforeseen and unexpected event.

“Hindi mabibigyan ng sanction ang ganyan kasi nakikita natin hindi nila kagustuhan,” explained Rascal during the press briefing at city hall yesterday.

At least three flights were diverted after a paver bogged down and blocked the runway last Saturday, affecting at least three hundred passengers.

“Ang unang nangyari doon, yun paver nila tumirik, naka lock pero ang problema nung nakalabas, umandar.  Parang may milagro,” said Rascal.

He said that he directed the contractor to put related equipment on stand by at the runway to respond to similar incidents in the future.

He also directed the contractor to fast track the repair of the runway to lessen the chances about similar incidents taking place again.

Recall that a school baseball and softball team complained about losing at least P23,000 after missing the bus they contracted to take them to Batangas city after the teams arrive in Manila that day.

The Cebu Pacific flight scheduled to arrive that morning returned back to Manila while an Air Philippines flight was diverted to Mactan, Cebu.

A general aviation flight went straight to Jolo,Sulu.

It was not immediately learned what action the passengers and airlines would take in relation to the incident.  (Liza Jocson)