By Marjaleen Ramos
A Cebu Pacific carrier bound for Cagayan de Oro aborted its flight and returned to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday due to bird strike.
Cebu Pacific spokesperson Charo Logarta said all passengers of the CDO-bound Airbus 320 plane are safe.
Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, who happened to be on the plane, took to Facebook to appeal to the authorities of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
“There was a delay in take-off, then an explosion of sorts, smell of smoke and flight now returning to Manila. CebuPac needs to take better care of its aircrafts and its passengers. Paging Sec. Art Tugade and CAAP! Riding public need your help!” he wrote.
“PS: we’ve landed at NAIA and we were informed that there was a “bird strike.” Challenge is how CebuPac will deal with us now,” he added.
Roque said CebuPac transferred them to a new plane. “Flight was scheduled to depart at 3 and arrive at 5 am. It’s 5:40 a.m. and we’re still waiting for buses to arrive.”
CAAP has yet to issue a statement on the incident.