Cebu Pacific flight diverted

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Cebu Pacific flight diverted
The budget carrier diverts a Pagadian-bound flight to Cebu-Mactan airport due to a technical problem

MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific diverted a Pagadian-bound flight Wednesday morning, May 13 due to a technical problem, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) reported.

CAAP Operation Rescue Coordinating Center (ORCC) reported that a Cebu Pacific plane (an Airbus A320 with registry number RP-C3277), originally scheduled to fly to Pagadian Airport was diverted to Cebu-Mactan International Airport.

The pilot made the decision after encountering a technical problem (flight control aileron servo fault) upon airborne at 7:30 am Wednesday.

The aircraft landed safely at Cebu-Mactan 8:20 am, with 179 passengers, pilots and 4 crew members.

Meanwhile, CAAP also issued Wednesday a notice to airmen (NOTAM) advising all concerned that airways near the vicinity of Mt. Bulusan are extended until 9 am Thursday, May 14.

“Pilots are advised to exercise extreme caution while passing near the area due to yellow alert level issued by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

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