The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has suspended two pilots that were involved in a landing accident of an Airbus A320 at Davao City Airport, citing non-compliance with regulations.
On June 2, 2013 anAirbus A320 passenger plane, operated by Cebu Pacific Air sustained damage in a runway excursion accident at Davao City International Airport (DVO), Philippines. Flight 5J-971 was a domestic service from Manila (MNL) to Davao City. Upon landing on runway 05/23 at Davao, the airplane went off the right side of the runway. The nosegear collapsed.
All passengers were evacuated using the forward slides. There were no injuries.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on June 25, 2013 found that both crew members were liable for non-compliance with a number of Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations (PCAR) relating to operation below Decision Height, failure to execute a go around and declaring an emergency evacuation fifteen minutes after the accident.
The captain has been suspended for six months and will act as co-pilot for one year after his airline transport pilot license has been reinstated by the CAAP.
The copilot was suspended for three months, subject to his compliance with the requirements for the reinstatement of his Commercial Pilot License.
Cebu Pacific said that in addition to CAAP’s recommendations, it has started additional initiatives that would avert possible occurrence of similar accidents in the future.