37 CebuPac passengers seek damages for airport mishap
MANILA, Philippines - Thirty-seven passengers of the Cebu Pacific plane that overshot the Davao airport early June are seeking P1 million in damages from the budget carrier.
Robert de Leon, legal counsel of Flight 5J 971 Crash Victims Association, a group formed by the affected passengers, told ANC in an interview that they wrote Cebu Pacific president and CEO Lance Gokongwei regarding the matter.
The move came a day after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines suspended the plane's pilots and asked Cebu Pacific to comply with a safety action plan.
De Leon said their letter mainly "demands P1 million in compensatory damages" for the emotional stress that the passengers went through.
"Victims would have wanted Cebu Pacific operations to be suspended. Just like what the government did with other shipping companies which had similar incidents," he said.
He added they would wait for Cebu Pacific's reply within 3 weeks before deciding whether or not they would file a law suit.
Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog declined to comment, saying "we have not received the demand (letter)."
An Airbus A320-200 aircraft of the budget carrier skidded off the Davao airport runway and veered toward a grassy portion in bad weather on June 2.
Flight 5J 971 was carrying 165 passengers, including two pilots and 4 crew.
No one was hurt in the incident, but passengers complained it took a while before they were ushered out of the aircraft. - Lean Santos/Rappler.com