Private plane makes emergency landing off Zamboanga City; pilot, 3 passengers rescued

Published July 7, 2020, 1:28 PM

by Betheena Kae Unite

Three passengers and a pilot were rescued from a private plane that made an emergency landing in the waters off Barangay Sinunuc, Zamboanga City Tuesday morning, the Philippine Coast Guard said. 


The Piper PA-34 Seneca private plane, which was carrying two Indians, including the pilot; a Filipino; and Nepali passengers, made an emergency landing off Barangay Sinunuc upon experiencing  engine failure at around 10 a.m.

When a rescue team from the Coast Guard District in Southwestern Mindanao responded to the landing area, the plane was already sinking approximately six feet deep and six meters away from the shoreline of Barangay Sinunuc.

They immediately rescued and transported the pilot and the passengers to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) office in Zamboanga City for investigation. 

Investigation showed that the private plane took off from Zamboanga Airport and was bound for Dumaguete City at around 09:30 a.m. on the same day.

According to its pilot, he made an emergency landing due to the left engine’s failure a few minutes after taking off from the airport. 

Meanwhile, the Marine Environmental Protection Unit (MEPU) of the Coast District – Southwestern Mindanao deployed an oil spill boom as the plane was on full tank when it took off from the airport. 

The Coast Guard Station – Zamboanga, on the other hand, went to secure the incident area pending investigation and other maritime safety initiatives. 

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) confirmed that four persons survived when a training aircraft, with call sign RP-C834 from a Dumaguete-based flying school, the Royhle Aviation Academy, ditched near the sea wall of Sinunuc Boulevard in Zamboanga City.

Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board (AAIIB) investigators are determining the cause of the accident.