Air Force plane loses wheel upon landing in Legazpi

MANILA, Philippines – The front landing gear of an aircraft of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) detached from the plane upon landing at the Legazpi Airport on Monday, May 11.

In a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said the Fokker 27 plane, with aircraft body number PAF669, busted its landing gear upon touchdown. The plane was flying in from Tacloban City.

"The aircraft was disabled at the middle of runway causing  temporary closure of operations while it was being towed to safer ground," the NOTAM said.

The plane was carrying 3 passengers and was piloted by a certain Captain Valdez.

Photos posted on Facebook by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol showed a PAF Fokker plane lying nose down on the airport's runway, while the landing gear lay several meters away from the plane.

The photos from OCD also showed airport personnel inspecting the damaged plane and the detached wheel.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda, who was at the airport waiting for a flight to Manila, said in a Facebook post that the incident occurred at around 10:13 am.

The incident has caused flight delays at the airport.

Clearing operations are undergoing as of 2 pm Monday, and flights could resume at the airport later in the day, according to a Facebook post by Salceda. –