3 flights diverted due to runway repair fiasco PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 February 2017 15:02

At least 300 airline passengers were unable to board their scheduled flights yesterday due to broken construction equipment blocking the runway.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Region-9 Officer in Charge Reynaldo Alforte identified the broken equipment as an asphalt grader that can only be removed with the use of a hydraulic lift.

The grader was used by contractors working on the runway rehabilitation project implemented nightly from 9pm to 5am.

The runway was unable to accommodate the early morning Saturday flights however after construction workers failed to remove the broken grader from the runway.

At least three flights were diverted as a result of the incident.

The two passengers flights were a Cebu Pacific flight that returned to Manila and an Air Philippines flight that was diverted to Mactan, Cebu.

A general aviation aircraft proceeded to land at the Jolo airport in Sulu province.

Alforte said that around 300 passengers were affected as a result of the incident.

Alforte expressed its apologies for the incident saying that the agency was not at fault.

“To ensure safety we had to close the runway,” said Alforte. (E-media)