Crashed Zest MA60 identified

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Images from the scene of the Zest Airways Xian Aircraft MA60 accident in the Philippines today have identified the airframe involved, and show the aircraft was extensively damaged.

The Chinese-built turboprop bears the registration RP-C 8893. It crashed while attempting to land at Caticlan after a domestic flight from the Philippine capital Manila.

Pictures show the twin-engined aircraft resting on its underside, its undercarriage apparently collapsed, with the lower fuselage badly crumpled.

There is also heavy damage at least to the starboard Pratt & Whitney PW127 engine, which has lost its blades. Zest Airways' livery has already been de-identified.

Caticlan's runway, designated 06/24, is about 950m (3,120ft) long. The aircraft is said to have been carrying 22 passengers and three crew members, of which a few were injured.

Unconfirmed reports suggest the aircraft undershot runway 06 and veered into a concrete structure.

There is no immediate formal information on weather conditions at the time, nor about the type of approach being attempted at the time.