Moises R. Espinosa Airport
|Moises R. Espinosa Airport
Paliparang Moises R. Espinosa
|IATA: MBT – ICAO: RPVJ|
|Operator||Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines|
|Elevation AMSL||8 m / 26 ft|
|Metric tonnes of cargo||202.606|
|Source: Statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.|
Moises R. Espinosa Airport (Filipino: Paliparang Moises R. Espinosa, Masbateño: Palupadan san Moises R. Espinosa, Bikol: Palayogan nin Moises R. Espinosa), also known as Masbate Airport (IATA: MBT, ICAO: RPVJ), is the airport serving the general area of Masbate City, located in the province of Masbate in the Philippines. It is named after Moises Espinosa, Sr., the then-Representative of Masbate who was assassinated at the airport on March 17, 1989.
The airport is classified as a Class 2 principal (minor domestic) airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations of not only this airport but also of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports.
Moises R. Espinosa Airport underwent a renovation of its runway and terminal building between 2006 and 2008. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines plans to improve aviation facilities to become an airport that will welcome tourism in the province.
Incidents and accidents
- On January 2, 2008, Asian Spirit Flight 321, an NAMC YS-11 on a flight from Manila, overshot Runway 21 of the airport at 7:30 a.m. while landing, collapsing the right main landing gear and damaging the starbord engine. None of the 47 passengers and crew on board were seriously injured.
- On August 18, 2012, a chartered Piper PA-34 Seneca crashed at sea around 300 meters (980 ft) short of the runway. The aircraft was carrying Jesse Robredo, the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, his aide and two pilots. The flight, originating from Cebu, was bound for Naga, Camarines Sur when its crew declared an emergency and requested priority landing at the airport. Robredo and the two pilots died in the crash, while his aide was rescued with only minor injuries.
Airlines and destinations
operated by PAL Express
A Zest Airways plane at Masbate Airport.
A PAL Express plane at Masbate Airport.
Moises R. Espinosa Airport from the stairs of an Asian Spirit plane.
- PASSENGER MOVEMENT CY 2001-2008, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, retrieved April 21, 2009
- Philippine Information Agency - Provincial Profile: Masbate
- Lina to conduct probe in Masbate. Manila Bulletin, August 13, 2001
- RP-C3592 accident synopsis retrieved 21 August 2012
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