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DEPT OF TRANSPORT BLAMES HUMAN FACTOR TO LAOAG AIR CRASH

MANILA, January 9, 2003 (STAR) NEWSFLASH 01/10 5:14:43 PM

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has formally announced that human factor was the primary reason why the Laoag International Airlines plane flight 585 crashed into Manila Bay last November 11.

The DOTC report noted that it was an engine failure due to lack of gasoline because of the pilot's failure to switch on the cut-off switch.

Because of this, DOTC Secretary Leandro Mendoza has ordered the continued suspension of LaoagAir's operations in the country.

The DOTC is also planning to replace a number of officials at the Air Transportation Office (ATO) and Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), including ATO chief Edilberto Yap and CAB chairman Manuel San Jose, due to the failure of these agencies to prevent the crash of the LaoagAir flight 585.

DOTC undersecretary Arturo Valdez said the overhaul is needed at these agencies because of the administrative lapses by the said goverment agencies of safety standards.

***CA denies LaoagAir Australian mechanic's release from custody: Immigration  01/10 4:44:14 PM

The Bureau of Immigration reported Friday that the Court of Appeals has denied the petition of Jimmy Tan Theng Chui, the Australian chief mechanic of Laoag International Airlines (LaoagAir), to be released to the custody of his lawyer pending his deportation.

According to Immigration Commissioner Andrea Domingo, the court's resolution denied for lack of merit Tan's petition to be released to the recognition of his lawyer.

The Appelate Court said it could grant Tan's petition because of a voluntary deportation was already issued against him by the immigration board of commissioners.

In the said resolution, the CA reversed its January 6 decision ordering the bureau to release Tan to the custody of his lawyer pending action by the bureau on his motion for voluntary deportation.

But the same CA order became moot and academic as the voluntary order against Tan had already been issued on the same day that the court ordered his release.

"Since there is already a voluntary deportation, we held that the order of the Bureau of Immigration, which is the office charged with administration of the law's relative to immigration and deportation should be paramount," the Appellate Court said.


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