Gulfstream G200 makes emergency landing at under-construction airport in Albay

A Gulfstream G200 carrying six employees of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) executed an emergency landing at the closed Bicol International Airport in Albay.

A Gulfstream G200 operated by AirTaxi.ph for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas skidded off the runway at the Bicol International Airport. (Photo by Joey Sarte Salcedo via Facebook)

The flight was transporting currency for the central bank.

According to Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Spokesperson Eric Apolonio, all passengers aboard the aircraft are safe.

The aircraft, registered as RP-C280 and operated by AirTaxi.ph, was chartered by the BSP, confirmed BSP Legazpi deputy director Marlyn Paje.

Reports indicate that the pilots mistook the under-construction Bicol International Airport runway for that of Legazpi Airport.

Authorities tend to the disabled Gulfstream aircraft in Bicol. (Photo by Joey Sarte Salcedo via Facebook)

A sudden wind drop prompted the pilots to divert to the under-construction 2.5-kilometer BIA runway, the CAAP spokesperson said in a Rappler report.

During the landing, the pilots were forced to maneuver the aircraft off the runway to avoid a guard house obstructing the path.

The CAAP has initiated an investigation to determine the precise cause of the incident. Investigators are currently at the site.

Located in Barangay Alobo, Daraga, Albay, the Bicol International Airport is approximately ten kilometers from Legazpi Airport and remains closed while construction continues.

The new airport is intended to replace Legazpi Airport later this year.