No water on runway prior to Xiamen Airlines landing: CAAP

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 20 2018 04:27 PM | Updated as of Aug 20 2018 05:23 PM

MANILA - Pilots who landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport before a Xiamen Airlines jet crash landed there did not report the presence water on the runway, an air traffic controller said Monday. 

Pilots submit reports of unusual conditions on the runway called "pi-reps," Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines air traffic controller chief Marlene Singson told reporters.

"Usually nagrereport sila... pero walang report prior to that ," Singson said. There were also no reports of "standing water" or floods on the runway, she said.

However, a downpour happened a few seconds before the Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737 touched down, she said. This information should be available on a frequency for airmen provided by weather bureau PAGASA.

The hourly PAGASA updates include wind direction and speed, visibility and temperature.

"Anybody could switch to that particular frequency to get that particular weather on that particular hour," Singson said. 

The pilot of the Boeing 737 aircraft blamed the heavy rains for the accident, a senior official of CAAP who declined to be named, told ABS-CBN News.