2 hurt as another spray plane crashes in Davao del Norte

By Frinston Lim
Philippine Daily Inquirer
July 22, 2010

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – Two persons were injured when another light plane used for spraying fungicides over banana plantations crashed in Panabo City, Davao del Norte early Thursday, police said.

Supt. Alexander Serrano, Panabo City police chief, told the INQUIRER in a text message, that the plane hired by banana giant Lapanday was about to take off for a spraying run when its engine lost power.

He said the pilot, Capt. Carlito Caballero, tried to make an emergency landing but the plane crashed into the house of a resident. One person inside the house was hurt, Serrano said.

He said Caballero was also slightly injured in the incident.

Banana companies in Davao del Norte regularly use planes for their operation and accidents involving aging aircraft are common.

Several crashes involving spray planes had been reported in recent months but the worst accident so far took place in 2007, when two spray planes collided in mid-air in Kapalong town.

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