First, they drove away Filipino fishermen. Now the Chinese want to shoo away Philippine planes flying to an island in Palawan.
The country’s aviation regulator on Monday claimed that China’s Navy harassed a Philippine-registered aircraft flying over Pagasa Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
The Cessna plane was carrying personnel of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) who went to the island last week to inspect a possible site for installation of a radar there.
When the plane was 40 miles away from the Rancudo airstrip, it received a warning from the Chinese Navy.
“Foreign military aircraft this is the Chinese Navy, you are threatening the security of our station,” the Chinese Navy warned.
CAAP technical consultant Inocencion Yncierto, a member of the team that visited Pagasa, said the pilot ignored the Chinese warning and landed.
CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said they went to Pag-asa because the aviation authority leased a parcel of land with the municipality of Kalayaan “for the proposed installation of Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment in a two square meter land beside the runway of Ranculo Airfiled at Pag-asa Island.”
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