SkyJet BAe 146 over-runs runway


SkyJet BAe 146-200 RP-C5525 (msn E2031) was damaged when she over-ran the runway at Balesin on 19 October. She had been operating a charter flight on behalf of Alphaland Corporations, owners of the exclusive Balesin Island Club. Balesin has a 1530m paved runway, which would normally have been well within the 146’s capabilities. Indeed, RP-C5525 had operated there over a dozen times before. On this day, however, RP-C5525 apparently touched down about half way down the runway and then bounced, leaving her too little space to come to a stop. She overran the end of the runway, hit a fence, and continued into the mudflats along the island’s shoreline, eventually coming to a stop about 200 meters past the end of the runway. Fortunately, the tide was low, and the 68 passengers and 7 crews were all able to get off unhurt, albeit with their feet wet. RP-C5525 suffered substantial damage to her nose gear, and then further damage when she was partly submerged by high tide. She is almost certain to be written off. In addition to charters, SkyJet flies scheduled services from Manila to Batanes, Virac, and Busuanga. With its only aircraft out of service, it has had to suspend all flights.

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