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Domeng exits but wet days ahead

Komfie Manalo



Tropical storm Domeng (Maliksi) has intensified into a typhoon as it veered away from the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) but is expected to continue to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat), which will bring monsoon rains over Luzon and Western Visayas for the next two days, weathermen said in their latest weather bulletin.

Domeng is expected to exit the PAR by morning today.

Weather forecasters said the typhoon is now packing sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, up from 65kph the previous day, and gustiness of up to 105 kph. Domeng has also picked up its pace and is now moving north northeast at 21 kph.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has advised residents in affected areas to take appropriate actions against possible flash floods and landslides and coordinate with their local DRRM offices.

“Sea travel is risky over the eastern seaboard of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Southern Luzon and Central Luzon,” the NDRMMC said.

Penalties also await SkyJet Airlines after its aircraft overshot a runway, the third time since its operation in December 2012, in Busuanga airport in Palawan Friday afternoon amidst the gloomy weather.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) spokesman Eric Apolonio said the results of the investigation would come out in the next 48 hours.

“Let’s wait for the result of the investigation. There are corresponding penalties for violators, involving the carrier and the crew if proven that they were at fault,” the CAAP spokesman told the Daily Tribune in a Viber message.

SkyJet’s flight M8 717 overshot the east side of the runway of Francisco B. Reyes airport (formerly Busuanga airport) at 4:40 p.m. last June 8. CAAP called the incident a “runway excursion,” meaning it failed to stop before the end of the runway upon landing.

The aircraft, a British Aerodspace BAe 146-100, was carrying 80 passengers and six crew members on board. All onboard the aircraft were said to be safe, according to CAAP. The BAe 146-100 was a 29-year-old plane built in 1989, according to a Twitter feed obtained by the Tribune.

It was the third runway overshooting recorded by the boutique airline. The first incident, which happened in October 2013, was at the airport of a posh members-only resort in Quezon while the second occurred in February 2018 at the Sayak airport in Carmen, Surigao del Norte.

Among its three overshooting incidents, the first was the worst because the plane involved was damaged beyond repair.

“They have mediocre pilots, dilapidated planes. They may kill passengers soon,” one of the passengers said.

According to its website, SkyJet said it has four aircraft and flying in five destinations–Coron via Busuanga, Siargao, Batanes, Caticlan, and Balesin.

SkyJet is the sole boutique airline operating in the Philippines.

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