CAAP probes death of Cebu Pacific pilot mid-flight

Raoul Esperas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 19 2016 12:34 PM | Updated as of Dec 28 2016 09:00 PM

File photo: Cebu Pacific planes.

MANILA - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is investigating the reported death of a co-pilot of a Cebu Pacific Airlines plane while flying from Singapore en route to Cebu Saturday night.

CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio confirmed that they received an initial report that First Officer Margarito Auza Austria was reported injured and eventually declared dead on arrival at Mactan Doctors Hospital.

AAIIB investigators Harry Paradero and Roderick Brines were immediately dispatched to Cebu City to collect information to determine the cause of death of flight officer Austria.

Apolonio added CAAP investigators will also recover the flight cockpit voice recorder to help in their investigation.

Based on CAAP records, the 45-year-old Austria submitted a clean bill of health based on the certification of airline medical unit submitted with the CAAP licensing office.

All flight crew are required to submit an annual medical certificate before they can renew their license to fly any aircraft.

Apolonio said that all flight crew must be in top condition before flying but apparently the death of Austria indicates that CAAP must review the airlines medical program.

Even the food intake will be part of the investigation to determine Austria's cause of death.