The manager of an airport in the Philippines has been suspended after his son drove a van onto the runway last Saturday, nearly colliding with a landing plane.
Frisco Sto. Domingo was replaced Monday as manager of Albay's Legazpi City Airport by Edgardo Ramos on orders from Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza, the Philippine Star reported.
Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said Sto. Domingo was suspended pending an investigation into the incident involving his son, the Star reported.
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, however, advised Sto. Domingo to retire immediately.
"The increasing number of flights at the city airport, as well as the new Bicol International Airport to be constructed at Barangay Alobo in Daraga town, shows that such violation of basic safety rules is a disgrace to our rising reputation as a tourism destination, a disservice to the riding public and temporary setback to our tourism effort," Salceda told the Star.
Cebu Pacific flight CEB172 was carrying 80 passengers — including Tourism Secretary Ace Durano and his family — when it nearly crashed in Sto. Domingo Jr.’s Delica Lite Ace van, according to the Star.
Witnesses claimed seeing the plane suddenly abort landing as a gray van crossed the runway from out of nowhere, the paper reported. The aircraft safely landed about 10 minutes later.