MANILA, Philippines - A Cessna plane crash-landed at the Davao International Airport Friday morning, authorities said.
Initial investigation showed that the single-seater spray aircraft had just taken off when it suddenly encountered engine trouble, causing it to crash on the runway at around 8 a.m.
The pilot, identified as Capt. Jose Bugarin Jr., was unharmed in the incident.
The plane with tail number RP-R1425 is owned by Mactan Aviation Technology Center Inc.
It is used for spraying pesticides over banana plantations in the Davao region.
Authorities said Bugarin was supposed to conduct a test flight when the incident occurred.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is still investigating the incident. -- Report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM