Incoming!

"Touching down! Another safe landing." retirednoway

Touching down! Another safe landing.

A friend and I checked out the intertidal zone in front of the airport runway. You see, Puerto Princesa airport’s runway juts out into the Sulu Sea.

"Peninsula of Puerto Princesa City (next image is shown bordered in white square)" retirednoway

Peninsula of Puerto Princesa City (next image is shown bordered in white square)

 We were standing in the circle below.

"Spotting air traffic from the beach" retirednoway

Spotting air traffic from the beach

PAL’s unreliable website

I was going to identify the flight but the airline’s website didn’t help. The plane landed at about 0740 this morning but PAL’s website contained this information.

"Philippine Airlines | MNLPPS Timetable Result 2011-10-13 20-52-49" retirednoway

Philippine Airlines | MNLPPS Timetable Result 2011-10-13 20-52-49

If it wasn’t coming from Manila, it might have been coming from Busuanga, an emerging town in northern Palawan. But that’s a codeshared flight (meaning that it’s operated by another airline, in this case, AirPhil Express).

It must have not been a regularly-scheduled flight. Either that or PAL’s website isn’t being maintained properly.

(I suspect it’s the latter.)

Can you identify the plane, was it an Airbus A320?

Landing sequence

"Touching down" retirednoway

Touching down

"Coming in" retirednoway

Coming in

"Coming in" retirednoway

Coming in

"Looking good!" retirednoway

Looking good!

"Here she comes!" retirednoway

Here she comes!

At the bottom of the previous two photos, we can spot the head of a guide tower. One of several, these towers guide the plane to the runway. They’re equipped with lights.

"Guide Towers" retirednoway

Guide Towers

Puerto Princesa is currently serviced by eight commercial flights a day. I had blogged about that previously. The airport is in barangay Bancao-Bancao and I had blogged about the beaches of Bancao-Bancao previously too.

"First glimpse" retirednoway

First glimpse

Aerial views

I took these on another occasion–when I was on a flight that was landing at dusk. The photos above were taken in the early-morning, this morning in fact.

"This is the view from the right side of an incoming flight. This faces north. The runway is approaching on the left." retirednoway

This is the view from the right side of an incoming flight. This faces north. The runway is rapidly approaching on the left.

From several kilometers out, the view looks like this.

"In the foreground is the peninsula of Puerto Princesa City. The runway is clearly visible." retirednoway

In the foreground is the peninsula of Puerto Princesa City. The runway is clearly visible.

Facing south, the view looks like this. (This photo was taken from another flight too.)

"Note the thriving mangrove forest growing along the eastern (left) and southern (top) shores of the peninsula. The most mature trees are located at the southern shore." retirednoway

Note the thriving mangrove forest growing along the eastern (left) and southern (top) shores of the peninsula. The most mature trees are located at the southern shore.

You can enlarge these images.

Click on any image and then, on the resulting image, click on the image’s final resolution (encircled).

Try it, it’s pretty cool.

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4 responses to “Incoming!

  1. These are great pictures. The air approach to Puerto Princesa is certainly lovely. Nice to get a close-up, detailed view of it.

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  2. Cooper… Next time you are around Quezon City…Please come visit. My family plans to visit Palawan in May 2012.
    I love your blog.

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  3. If you want to keep track of flights, try this site: http://www.flightstats.com/

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