People in Negros Occidental, reeling fresh from revelry that New Year brought in was treated to another equally significant event – the historic landing of the first international aircraft in Bacolod-Silay airport last January 2, 2009.
Airport Manager Antonio Alfonso said the aircraft was a Tupolev 134A-3 that carried eight passengers and eight crews who said they intend to go on a medical tour in the province.
The aircraft took off from Kazakhstan and flew to China and then to the province’ airport. Its was not a commercial airplane but a chartered aircraft.
In accommodating the aircraft, Alfonso said they requested additional manpower from the quarantine and customs office.