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Byline: the staff
LAST WEEKENDS CRISIS AT the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, courtesy of an air navigation system breakdown, again highlighted what is wrong with Philippine aviation. But it also brought to the fore what is right, especially in terms of Filipino ingenuity.
When Naias VHF Omnidirectional Rangea radio beacon that helps guide aircraft to the runway, especially at nightconked out early Saturday morning, frantic air controllers came to the rescue.
The scene in Naias control tower was supposedly like a scene from the late 1990s movie Pushing Tin, where air traffic controllers, played by John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton, guided planes as they landed and took off, with zero room for error.
But aside from the unsung heroes of Manilas air control tower, labor problem-plagued …