The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) wanted to revive its proposal for the establishment of a weather forecasting system in the Kalibo International Airport (KIA).
CAAP-Kalibo Chief Engr. Percy Malonesio said that he submitted the proposal several years ago when he was still the acting chief of the said authority.
“I hope the Aklan provincial government will listen to our proposal because this is really needed for the safety of the airport,” said Malonesio.
The proposal is in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Three weeks ago, A Philippine Airlines (PAL) plane miscalculated the runway while landing amid a heavy downpour. The incident caused injuries to two civilians on board a tricycle in the highway and damaged a portion of the perimeter fence of the airport.
“We commend the PAL pilot in his decision to return to Manila instead of landing at the KIA because if he had done so, it may have caused further harm and damage not only to the airport but also to the lives of the plane passengers as well,” Malonesio said. – PNA