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MIAA to dispose of 12 idle planes

The Manila International Airport Authority will auction off 12 abandoned aircraft on September 12, 2014 to free up space at the General Aviation area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Up for sale. Some of the planes the MIAA will auction
off to free up space at the Naia. Eric Apolonio

The list of abandoned aircraft includes five McDonnell Douglas DC-9s with the last known registered owner as Orion; Antonov AN-26B, reportedly owned by Mosphil Aero; three McDonnell DC-3s, owned by Gemino Pilapil, Jacob S. Lim, and Max Manning, respectively; Cessna 150, owned by Fredelito Juane; Grumman America AA-IA Yankee; and a Super Constellation, owned by William Crawford.

An average of P550, 000 was placed as minimum bid for the 4 units of Douglas DC-3 model aircraft, 1 unit of YAK40 and 1 unit of Antonov Turbo-pro AN-248, MIAA officials said.

A minimum bid of P1.1 million was placed for the 5 Douglas DC9532 model and 1 unit of Super Constellation cargo aircraft.

The Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing propeller –driven aircraft. Its speed and range revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. The Yak-40 is considered as  one of the best civil aircraft in Russia that combines comfort and reliability. More than 1000 Yak-40 aircraft and its versions were produced in Russia before 1981. Antonov turbo-pro is a fixed wing single engine and is Ukranian made.

American-made Lockheed super constellation was considered as one of the premier airliners of the 1950s.

The abandoned aircraft was described by MIAA as in rusty conditions and the state of disrepair of the aircraft rendered them as eyesore and posed health and safety hazards.

Proceeds of the auction will help defray the expenses and unrealized income of MIAA due to the prolonged parking of the aircraft. 

MIAA said that the highest bidder for each aircraft must remove them within two (2) months from award.

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