One killed as light plane crashes in southern Philippines

14:12, July 28, 2011      

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One person was killed and another injured when a light plane used for spraying pesticide over plantations crashed in southern Philippines late on Wednesday, police said on Thursday.

Bonifacio Cabansag, 42, a traffic control personnel for banana firm Dole Philippines died after being hit by the company's spray aircraft as it landed on an airstrip in Mapawa village, Maragusan town, in Mindanao's Compostela Valley province past 5 p.m., according to Senior Superintendent Timoteo Pacleb, provincial police chief.

The accident happened after the plane's landing gear brakes malfunctioned, causing it to swerve with its left wing hitting Cabansag, Jose Carumba, regional police spokesperson, told Xinhua by phone, adding the pilot, identified as Bobby Salmorin, also suffered injuries and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

The southern Mindanao region is home to more than 40,000 hectares of plantations producing exportable Cavendish banana. Aging light aircraft are often used to apply pesticide to crops, resulting in mishap.

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