Plane makes emergency landing; 2 hurt

TWO people were hurt when a Star Marianas aircraft made an emergency landing at the Saipan airport Monday afternoon.

Variety gathered that the pilot and passenger of a Cessna 172 aircraft were transported to the Commonwealth Health Center for treatment.

As of 8:30 p.m., Monday, the Commonwealth Ports Authority and its Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting or ARFF unit were still preparing an official report.

The incident happened at 5:30 p.m. when the aircraft landed short of the approach end of runway 7. Witnesses said they saw the plane “flip over.”

At 8:06 p.m., Monday, Star Marianas administrative manager Alma G. Canlas released the following preliminary statement:

“A Cessna 172 aircraft landed short of the approach end of runway 7 after it departed on a sightseeing flight with one passenger. The pilot reportedly experienced a loss of performance and decided to return to the airport but was unable to complete the landing on the runway.

“The aircraft landed short of the runway on the airport property. The pilot and passenger were reported to have minor injuries and were transported to CHC for evaluation.

“The cause of the performance loss is being researched by STAR Marianas Air mechanics. The flight was being conducted under FAA flight-seeing rules.”

Star Marianas added that the flight-seeing operation, the aircraft and the pilot are not part of Star Marianas Air’s certified airline operations.

Star Marianas said no other information about the incident was available.

As of 8 p.m., Monday, the aircraft was still on the runway.

At 9:28 p.m., Monday, the fire department issued the following statement:

“On Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at 5:34 p.m., the Department of Fire and EMS received a call from CPA ARFF reporting a plane crash inside the airport. At 5:36 p.m., Rescue-1 and Forestry-1 from the Susupe Fire Station, Engine-2 and Medic-2 from the Garapan Fire Station and Medic-4 from the Koblerville Fire Station were dispatched.

“At 5:58 p.m., DFEMS EMTs were met by ARFF inside the airport who had moved the patients from the crash site. The two individuals were a male and female. Our EMTs conducted an assessment of the two individuals before transporting.

“The first patient is a 25-year-old Caucasian male who was the pilot of the aircraft was complaining of left arm pain.

“The second patient is a 25-year-old Chinese female, who was the passenger, was complaining of facial pain. The patient sustained minor abrasions and redness to the face.

“Both patients were transported to CHC at 6:12 p.m. and arriving at 6:28 p.m.

“No information regarding the patient’s treatment at CHC and current condition will be released by DFEMS.”

(With Bryan Manabat)

Source: Marianas Variety :

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