All Aboard Safe
April 20, 2009
The patients were accompanied by nurses Eunice Neil and Mathew Keath. The Manila International Airport Authority rescue firefighting team evacuated the four passengers to safety. The disabled aircraft was later cleared from the runway and towed to Lufthansa Tecknik Hangar for further investigation by civil aviation authorities. No one was hurt in the accident.
Airport assistant general manager for Operations Octavio Lina disclosed that the plane recovery team had a hard time removing the aircraft from the runway because they lacked the necessary equipment to lift the small jet out.
The Operations chief disclosed that the medivac aircraft was specially designed with an extremely low profile for easy egress and ingress making all of their tools unusable. It was learned that even the pneumatic lifting bags, which are normally placed under the wing and then inflated to raise a plane, proved useless as the bags were too big for the aircraft. The special axel jack was also too big for the type of aircraft and could not fit underneath the wheels to be lifted.
The westwind jet was finally pulled out of the runway after borrowing a forklift from a nearby LTP hangar to lift the aircraft, place it on skates and tow it to a nearby aircraft maintenance hangar.
Lina said he will recommend to airport authorities the purchase of more aircraft recovery tools to considerably lessen the time it takes airport workers to clear the runway of any disabled aircraft. The equipment will include newer jacking and towing tools including an overhead crane with slings.