(Smoke rises out of the cargo plane. Photo Grabbed from arffwg.org)
CLARK FREEPORT — The flight of a C-130 “Hercules” cargo aircraft of the Philippine Air Force here was aborted Wednesday morning after its right side burst into flames for still unknown reasons.
PAF authorities said in a statement the Lockheed cargo plane was about to take off when fire burst from its right side at about 7:10 a.m. along the runway here. Firemen, who were alerted at about 7:13 a.m., completely doused the fire at about 7:36 a.m. No one was hurt in the incident, the PAF said.
The aircraft with tail number 4726 was slated to fly students from the National Defense College of the Philippines to Palawan and then to Pagasa Island as part of their activities for their master’s degree.
PAF said the cause of the fire was still being determined The partially burnt aircraft was moved to the PAF maintenance hub here