Only in the Philippines – PAPI stolen

Recently two airline related short messages astonished us:

The following NOTAM was circulated for Tacloban Airport (TAC / RPVA):

B0675/12 NOTAMN
Q) RPHI/QLAAW/IV/NBO/A /000/999/1114N12502E005
A) RPVA B) 1205040838 C) PERM
CREATED: 04 May 2012 08:57:00

This means that runway 36 of Tacloban’s airport is decommissioned! Runway 36 is not usable.

And then this message from Airphilexpress:

Good Afternoon!
The Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) lights of Runway 36 in Tacloban has been stolen recently. In light of this, adjustments to our Manila-Tacloban and Tacloban-Manila flights have had to be made until replacement of the PAPI lights is in effect.
Below are the new, albeit temporary, flight schedules:
Flight 2P985, MNLTAC/1540H-1650H (moved from 1710H-1820)
Flight 2P986, TACMNL/1720H-1830H (moved from 1850H-2000H)

Precision approach path Indicator (PAPI) is a visual aid that provides guidance information to help a pilot acquire and maintain the correct approach (in the vertical plane) to an aerodrome or an airport. It is generally located beside the runway approximately 300 metres beyond the landing threshold of the runway.

PAPI too low approach
The PAPI can be seen to the right of the runway. The plane is below the glideslope.

The greater number of red lights visible compared with the number of white lights visible in the picture means that the aircraft is flying below the glideslope. To use the guidance information provided by the aid to follow the correct glideslope a pilot would manoeuvre the aircraft to obtain an equal number of red and white lights.

One of usually 4 PAPI lights 
This is one of the usually 4 PAPI lights. A high precision instrument.

[Editor’s comment:] I wonder in which nippa-hut the PAPI lights will serve as disco-lights? Do these guys have a rest of brain left between their ears?

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