Plane overshoots Balesin resort airstrip

by Arnell Ozaeta, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog

Posted at Oct 19 2013 11:47 PM | Updated as of Oct 20 2013 07:47 AM

QUEZON - Seventy-five passengers and the crew of a chartered plane survived after overshooting a resort airstrip in Balesin island on Saturday morning, an official said.

John Andrews, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), said a Magnum Air BAE-146-200 (SkyJet) with 68 passengers and 7 crew was about to land when the pilot, Capt. Maximo Rosales, miscalculated the island's runway and plunged around 200 meters away from the airstrip's end.

Andrews said the plane's nosewheel was damaged when it got partially submerged in the sea water at around 11:49 am

No one among the passengers, including RCBC chairwoman Helen Yuchengco-Dee and RCBC President Lorenzo Tan, was seriously injured.

ABS-CBN tried but failed to contact Health Secretary Enrique Ona after initial reports said he was on the plane.

Balesin is 30 minutes by plane from the domestic airport in Manila. It is located east of Mauban, Quezon, beside Polillo Islands.

Alphaland Corporation operates the elite Balesin Island Club that charters planes for its guests.