AFP says Chinese aircraft complied with proper procedures
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s Ilyushin-76 turbofan strategic airlift that landed twice in Davao City this month had complied with the requirements needed for such activities, according to the spokesman of the military.
In a press briefing in Camp Aguinaldo, Col. Edgard Arevalo said it was the same Chinese aircraft that landed on its way to New Zealand on June 8 to attend Sky Train 2018.
Arevalo said the aircraft made another refueling stop at Davao City’s Francisco Bangoy International Airport on June 22 where it was spotted again by aviation enthusiasts.
He said the Chinese letter-request regarding the aircraft landing and refueling in Davao City) was coursed to the Department of National Defense through the Department of Foreign Affairs on April 23 and was granted on May 22.
He said the DND channeled the request to the Philippine Air Force which did not object.
Arevalo stressed that there was nothing irregular in the request for refueling as other nations also do this regularly.
“There’s nothing irregular, there’s nothing to worry about in this particular landing of the aircraft because our yearly average shows that 70 aircraft that land in the country come from different nations and 25 vessels are visiting (the) Philippines on) yearly average,” Arevalo said.#