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Fil-Asia Air Flight 916 was on a scheduled passenger flight from Manila when it crashed as it landed at the Cagayan de Oro airport the pilot miscalculated the plane’s approach and undershot the runway. Of the 150 people on board, ten (10) passengers died at the crash scene.
Of the ten who died, one was a passenger who managed to leave the plane but was run over by an ambulance coming to the rescue. Another was an airline employee who hitched a free ride to Cagayan de Oro and who was not in the passenger manifest.
It appears from the Civil Aeronautics Authority investigation that the co-pilot who had control of the plane’s landing had less than the required flying and landing time experience, and should not have been in control of the plane at the time. He was allowed to fly as a co-pilot because of the scarcity of pilots — Philippine pilots have been recruited by foreign airlines under vastly improved flying terms and wages so that newer and less trained pilots are being locally deployed. The main pilot, on the other hand, had a very high level of blood alcohol at the time of the crash.
You are part of the team that the victims hired to handle the case for them asa group. In your case conference, the following questions came up:
(A) Explain the causes of action legally possible under the given facts against the
airline and the pilots; whom will you specifically implead in these causes of action? (5%)
(B) How will you handle the cases of the passenger run overby the ambulance and the
airline employee allowed to hitch a free ride to Cagayan de Oro? (3%)