- Report of a plane crash had been circulated on social media
- The incident supposedly took place in Negros Occidental
- However, local authorities confirmed the report was a hoax
MANILA, Philippines – A report of an alleged plane crash in Negros province on Thursday night that caused panic among the public turned out to be a hoax.
The alleged incident was initially reported on a local radio station Thursday night past 10 pm. The passenger plane, according to the report, went down somewhere in the mountainous area of Negros.
The story was also widely circulated on social media and caused panic among the public, especially among the province’s local residents; prompting several news outlets to verify the report.
A certain Rodel Rosal of Barangay Tabun-ak, Toboso town even confirmed in an interview with Bombo Radyo Bacolod that he saw a plane flying low and appeared to be having mechanical trouble.
Rosal said he believes the aircraft could have taken off from Bacolod City and bound for Cebu and may have crashed somewhere in the mountain of Escalante town.
However, Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, chief of Negros Occidental Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Division, said there is no report of any plane crash that reached his office.
Caeilian added they have coordinated with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) but the Bacolod-Silay Airport control tower said they have not monitored any plane crash in the area.
This was also confirmed by Reynald Horeque, Moises Padilla, head of Moises Padilla Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office; saying no such incident happened.
Meanwhile, the radio station which aired the report initially clarified the residents may have mistaken the low-flying plane, supposedly part of joint military exercises between US and the PH Air Force, to have crashed.
Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, Negros Occidental police director, however said, they were not informed of any military exercise in their area on Thursday, if any.