Plane suffers engine trouble at Zambo airport, causes delays of other flights PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 14:05

More than 50 passengers were forced to step down from a 70-seater Airphil plane plying the Zamboanga-Tawi-Tawi route after it experienced engine trouble while trying to take off from the runway of Zamboanga Airport yesterday morning.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP-Zamboanga) Manager Celso Bayabos said a smoke was noticed coming out of the right wing of the propelled plane prompting the pilot to stop the engine right at the middle of the runway.

While in the runway, Cebu Pacific Airbus arriving from Manila which was supposed to land on that very moment, was also forced to divert its flight to Davao Airport, Bayabos said.

Report reaching DZT later in the afternoon disclosed that the Cebu Pacific plane carrying several passengers arrived safely in Zamboanga from Davao City yesterday afternoon.

The flight of Philippine Airlines bound for Manila was also delayed.

However, it did not take long for the group of CAAP Manager Bayabos to tow the stranded plane to a vacant lot at the airport for immediate repair.

Bayabos said in his long years as CAAP (formerly ATO) manager, the incident was the first time to happen.

“They are very lucky because the smoke was noticed before the plane took off. Anyway, everything in the airport is now back to normal,” Bayabos said.
CAAP is also assisting Airphil management in carrying out the investigation as to the cause of the engine trouble. — Jimmy Villaflores