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Cebu Pacific plane veers off NAIA runway; all aboard safe

Aika Rey
Cebu Pacific plane veers off NAIA runway; all aboard safe

RUNWAY INCIDENT. A Cebu Pacific plane skids off a Ninoy Aquino International Airport runway on March 8, 2022.

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'All 42 passengers and four crew safely deplaned with no reported injuries,' says Cebu Pacific, adding that it is working on normalizing operations

MANILA, Philippines – A Cebu Pacific plane veered off a runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday, March 8, prompting the runway’s closure for nearly two hours.

In a statement, Cebu Pacific said Flight DG6112 from Naga had a “runway excursion” at 11:45 am on Tuesday.

“All 42 passengers and four crew safely deplaned with no reported injuries. All the affected passengers have been assisted accordingly and have left the airport,” the Gokongwei-led airline said.

“We are working on normalizing our operations as soon as possible. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused and we thank you for your kind understanding.”

The plane was towed shortly after 1 pm and the runway was reopened at 1:33 pm.

In a separate statement, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) said a number of its flights were put on hold because of the runway obstruction:

  • PR720 Manila-London
  • PR5682 Manila-Dammam
  • PR658 Manila-Dubai
  • PR684 Manila-Doha

Some PAL flights were also diverted to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga because of the incident:

  • PR592 Saigon-Manila
  • PR2522 Cagayan de Oro-Manila
  • PR2142 Iloilo-Manila

Runway 06/24, used by wide-body aircraft, was the runway affected by the incident. PAL said this is the reason why flights using bigger planes had to be diverted to Clark.

PAL also listed the following flights as delayed due to the congestion at Runway 13/31, which is being used by narrow-body aircraft:

  • P9903 – PR1880 Cebu-Manila – 1 hour 29 minutes delay
  • P9917 – PR1814 Davao-Manila – 20 minutes delay
  • P9918 – PR1848 Cebu-Manila – 18 minutes delay
  • P9924 – 2P2777/2778 Manila-Tagbilaran-Manila – 50 minutes delay
  • P9927 – 2P2525/2526 Manila-Laguindingan-Manila – 2 hours 30 minutes delay
  • P8615 – 2P2960 Cotabato-Manila – 1 hour 10 minutes delay

– Rappler.com

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Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.