Zest Air MA60 at Caticlan on Jan 11th 2009, undershot runway, injuries

Last Update: September 19, 2015 / 16:31:49 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 11, 2009

Classification
Accident

Airline
Zest Air

Flight number
6K-865

Aircraft Registration
RP-C8893

Aircraft Type
XIAN MA-60

ICAO Type Designator
MA60

A Zest Air (former Asian Spirit) Xian MA-60, registration RP-C8893 performing flight 6K-865 from Manila to Caticlan (Philippines) with 22 passengers and 5 crew, impacted ground before runway 06 during its second approach, veered sharply to the left and hit a concrete barrier. One passenger suffered serious injuries (fractures) in the accident, 25 other people including three airport workers received minor injuries. The ground personnel was hit by debris as the airplane impacted the barrier.

The airplane received substantial damage to the landing gear, propellers and engines. The airport was closed, flights to Caticlan were being diverted to Kalibo.

All but one of the injured have been released from hospital already. The passengers were mainly European and Canadian tourists headed for Boracay Island.

Airport Authorities reported, that the airplane was landing in strong gusting winds.

No Metars are available for Caticlan [RPVE].

The Chinese Xian (translated to English: "Modern Ark") MA-60 is a derivative of the Antonov AN-26, which was manufactured in license by the Chinese company Xi'an. The first twin turboprop MA-60 flew in year 2000.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) released their executive summary of the final report concluding the probable causes of the accident were:

The captain’s low level of experience (2,675 hours) and less than 500 hours PIC.

- The critical runway conditions (950 M and gusty wind conditions No PAPI).

- The absence of crew coordination (monitoring and CRM).

The CAAP wrote: "The flight was uneventful until a go-around was initiated during the first approach, A second attempt to land was made which ended with the aircraft undershooting the runway. After the first touchdown the aircraft bounce and landed on the runway and veered to the left side of the runway due to the left landing gear failure upon the contact with the embankment before the road at the end of the runway. The aircraft settled down at the concrete wall of the ramp facing the passenger lounge of the Zest Air. Three (3) passengers suffered serious injuries, and 19 passengers with minor one, the crew member escape injuries except the Captain suffering slight injury. The aircraft was damaged beyond economical repair."


Cockpit seen from the airport fence (Photo: AFP)


Map of the airport (courtesy: Google Earth)
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 11, 2009

Classification
Accident

Airline
Zest Air

Flight number
6K-865

Aircraft Registration
RP-C8893

Aircraft Type
XIAN MA-60

ICAO Type Designator
MA60

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