The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has responded to an incident at Barangay Sinunuc, Zamboanga City at 10:00 am today, July 7 where a Piper PA-34 Seneca private plane with call sign RP-C834 conducted an emergency landing.
“In active coordination with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in Zamboanga City, the PCG deployed aluminum boats and alerted its Special Operations Group (SOG) and Marine Environmental Protection (MEP) teams for immediate assistance,” PCG said.
The Indian pilot and three passengers (Filipino, Indian, and Nepali) are all in good physical condition and were transported to the CAAP office in Zamboanga City for further assistance and investigation about the incident, the PCG said.
The private plane was already on the water approximately six feet depth and six meters away from the shoreline of Barangay Sinunuc when PCG personnel arrived,” PCG said.
“Initial investigation revealed that said private plane took off from Zamboanga Airport bound for Dumaguete City at around 09:30 a.m. today. According to its pilot, the emergency landing is caused by the left engine’s failure a few minutes after they took off from the said airport,” PCG said.
“As a precautionary measure, the Marine Environmental Protection Unit (MEPU) of the PCG District – Southwestern Mindanao is preparing to deploy an oil spill boom as the said plane was on full tank when it took off from the airport,” PCG added.