The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has petitioned to the officials of the province of Negros Oriental to ask the owners to cut the trees located on the lot along the final approach of the Dumaguete airport runway.
The Dumaguete airport in Sibulan has been downgraded and examined again by the CAAP technical team from Manila and discovered that the approach of the runway still contained the tall trees that posed a serious risk as it obstructs and covers the final approach.
The trees are considered a serious risk because the obstruction on the path angle at times could hit an aircraft’s landing gear and compromise the flight and its attempt to land. With the fear of the landing gear failing and ultimately lead to a serious accident, the aviation agency has made a request to the owners of the private lot to cut the tall and obstructing trees. Last October, one of the owners only allowed the trees to be trimmed but not cut.
“Being an airport administrator and within its jurisdiction, CAAP has the right to file the case to the lot owners because we are not hopeful that another round of negotiations will bring in positive results,” said Provincial Administrator Atty. Richard Enojo in a statement about the owners lasting stand to not heed the authority’s request.