COMPOSTELLA VALLEY, Philippines – A spray plane crashed Tuesday morning in Pantukan, Compostella Valley, injuring its pilot.
Capt. Luciano Edjel crashed his single-seater Cessna RP-R5859 around 8 a.m. after he lost control of the aircraft due to strong winds.
The pilot said he tried to take control of the plane. However, the weight of the 600 liters of chemicals the plane was carrying made it difficult to dodge trees.
Witnesses said the plane may also have had engine trouble prior to the crash.
“Sa pag-lipad ng eroplano parang sira na ang makina dahil iba na ang tunog nito. Tapos ‘di agad siya naka-akyat sa taas kaya sumabit sa puno ng kahoy ang right wing ng plane,” said Demy Ipon.
Edjel took off around 6 a.m. to spray pesticide over the Isalon banana plantation in Sitio Tagaktak, Barangay Bongabong.
No other casualties were reported. -- Report from Bonna Pamplona, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao