Date
20 July 2017
A Cessna 152 plane is seen nestled among trees after crash landing at a golf course in Ma On Shan on Sunday. Photos: HKEJ, Hong Kong Aviation Club, tvb.com
A Cessna 152 plane is seen nestled among trees after crash landing at a golf course in Ma On Shan on Sunday. Photos: HKEJ, Hong Kong Aviation Club, tvb.com

Pilots escape unhurt as Cessna crash lands at golf course

A private two-seater plane made an emergency crash landing at a golf course in Ma On Shan on Sunday, but luckily both the people on board escaped unhurt.

The Fire Services Department received a report at 11:17am that a Cessna 152 crashed into tree branches about six meters above the ground at the Garden Farm Golf Centre.

Two pilots who were inside the plane, which was owned by the Hong Kong Aviation Club (HKAC), were stranded for some time before fire engines and ambulances rushed to the scene for rescue.

Following an alert, the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) commenced emergency response procedures to deal with the incident.

But authorities are yet to announce an investigation task force to look into the cause of the accident, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Alex Yan Tak-chung, 65, a former HKAC president, was one of the two people on board the ill-fated Cessna.

After noticing an engine failure while flying above the Tolo Harbour, Yan took control of the aircraft from fellow pilot Sidney Ho, 59, and guided the plane to an emergency landing. 

According to the report, Ho had been taking his annual pilot license examination at the time of the incident, while Yan was the examiner.

The two men escaped without injury but were still taken to the Prince of Wales Hospital for inspection.

Yan acquired his pilot license in Hong Kong back in 1987 and has since become a pilot coach. As for Ho, he is said to have 20 years of pilot experience under his belt.

Since 2005, Hong Kong has seen four accidents associated with the Cessna 152 aircraft.

Lawmaker Jeremy Tam, who is a former pilot, said the aircraft model in question is commonly used in pilot training worldwide.

The aircraft is favored as many examiners are familiar with the model and because the plane is also relatively easy to maintain, he noted.

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