Sara Duterte orders FTC Group to take down stick booms from Mindanao’s tallest tower: Obstruction to airport landing
DAVAO CITY – The city government, acting on an urgent request of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) ordered the developer of Aeon Towers, FTC Group of Companies, to take down its boom equipment from the rooftop of Mindanao’s tallest tower for being a safety to airplanes landing at the Davao International Airport (DIA).
CAAP Officer-in-Charge Hector Nabua said CAAP has called the attention of the developer of Aeon Towers a month ago because the boom equipment or crane is obstructing the landing path of runway 5 of the DIA.
Nabua said the building height passed the CAAP height clearance, but when the developer set up the boom equipment it already exceeded the allowed height.
The boom equipment alone is estimated at 13 meters in height.
Nabua said FTC has so far ignored CAAP’s requests and warnings which prompted it to seek the help of Mayor Sara Duterte who has the sole authority to issue construction permits in the city.
On Thursday, Nabua said he met with Assistant City Administrator Dwight Domingo to seek the city’s intervention. In that meeting, the developer promised to remove the equipment.
The order to remove the equipment was immediate but Nabua said FTC has not done anything to comply with its promise to remove the boom tower. .
Nabua was hopeful that FTC would make good its promise by Monday.
According to Nabua, the boom equipment was detected by the aircraft’s sensors and alarm forcing an abort landing or miss approach.
Nabua explained that planes have to pass over Mamay area in approaching runway 5.
CAAP said it was forced to close runway 5 for all pilots approaching DIA because of the obstruction.
All pilots were directed to land through runway 2 and 3 (over Panacan area).
Nabua said CAAP negotiated with the developers but they only moved the equipment horizontally to clear the landing path.
“Okay naman ito sa ngayon. Pero pag maglanding ang eroplano kasi laging against the wind (This is okay for now. But airplanes always land against the wind),” Nabua said.
He said landing through runway 2 and 3 is okay for now because the wind was favourable for landing.
“But what if the wind changes direction?” Nabua asked. He said in a month, wind changes direction frequently CAAP would need to open runway 5. He said the stick booms were a safety hazard because changing wind directoons could force planes to overrun the runway.