Cyclone Airline Plane crashed

June 9, 2011

A Cessna 182H Skylane plane (RPC-1336 )cn 18256575, operated by the Cauayan City-based Cyclone Airways and Flying School lost its control and crashed at Maconacon Municipal airport Wednesday morning.

The plane was coming from Cauayan City airport as it took off around 9:36 a.m.

No one died in the accident. Its pilot, Capt. Reynald Taquiqui, 56, and two other passengers, Farid Hotak Maeda, 28, a student pilot from Afghanistan; and Joseph Vergara, an aircraft mechanic, sustained minor injuries.

Police investigators said the pilot lost control when the plane’s front wheels malfunctioned while taxiing on the runway, causing the aircraft to swerve until it overturned.

The pilot however maintained that the crash was caused by a strong tail wind, which hit the plane just after it landed.

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