Flights delayed due to stalled aircraft Print
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:07

The departure of at least three flights were delayed after a Cebu Pacific aircraft was stalled along the Zamboanga International Airport runway due to defective steering.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines  (CAAP) closed down the runway to other flights to avoid any untoward incident.

In an exclusive interview with RMN Zamboanga, Cebu-Pacific Corporate Communications officer Charo Logarta-Lagamon explained that Flight 5J 849 encountered a steering problem with its landing gear upon landing at Zamboanga Airport which caused the plane to remain in the taxi area and wasn’t able to maneuver towards the bay area in the airport terminal.

CAAP personnel said that no passengers were hurt but were ordered to disembark immediately and baggages unloaded before the plane was towed towards the parking bay where maintenance personnel checked on the aircraft.

The incident, however, resulted to the delay of flights leaving and arriving to and from the airport that morning.

The three Cebu Pacific flights that experienced delay due to the incident are  the following:  5J851 from Manila to Zamboanga, 5J839 from Zamboanga to Tawi- Tawi and 5J840 from Tawi -Tawi to Zamboanga.

It was not immediately known how many private flights had been affected by the closure.

In a related development, some pilots of commercial planes have already been consistently complaining that the present state of the runway of the Zamboanga City International Airport urgently needs rehabilitation since it is evident that several portions of the runway are already rough and uneven.

The management of Cebu Pacific apologized for any inconvencience the incident might have caused.

“Humihingi po kami ng paumanhin sa mga passengers affected lalo na sa mga na-delay ang flights, mabuti na yung naka-landing ng maayos and eroplano bago nagka-aberya, salamat at maayos naman lahat ang lagay ng mga pasahero, we are sorry for the incident,” Lagamon said.  (Remus Ong with Bhong Simbajon)