(UPDATED) Cebu Pacific aircraft overshoots Davao airport runway

Photo of Cebu Pacific aircraft at Francisco Bangoy International Airport. Photo courtesy of Newsdesk.asia

UPDATE # 1: DOTC reports that PR-819 bound for Davao from Manila will be diverted to Cebu and will take its course back to Manila.

UPDATE # 2: A post by Atty. Ralph Samaniego on His Facebook account showing the plane after it overran the runway. Video by Jesse Ray.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED 12:00am, June 3) – A Cebu Pacific plane with 165 passengers have overshoot the runway of Francisco Bangoy International Airport, Sunday night at approximately 7:15pm.

In a report by ABS-CBN’s Rodirey Salas, the Davao City 911 Emergency Response team said that the plane overran the runway because of the heavy rains in the city.

The aircraft, assigned 5J-971 from Manila bound to Davao, landed the city with its engines flaming already, says Jeffrey Wong to GMA News.

“I was at the right side of the plane, and nakita ko pumutok ‘yung engine. Hindi talaga maganda ang pagka-landing.”

While no one was hurt in the accident, passengers complained about the slow response of the airline management and applauded the airport fire department for responding quickly.

The Department of Transportation and Communications have announced the flights that are cancelled, as of writing:

  • Davao – Manila:
    • 5J-972
    • 5J-980
    • 5J-974
    • PR-822
    • 5J-970
    • Z2-933
    • DG-7029
    • PR-820
  • Manila – Davao
    • 5J-979
    • 5J-973
    • PR-821
    • PR-823
    • Z2-932
    • DG-7026
    • PR-819
    • 5J-969
  • Davao – Cagayan de Oro
    • 5J-216
  • Cagayan de Oro – Cebu
    • 5J-210

Meanwhile, in a press statement by Cebu Pacific, it said that they have already secured the safety of their passengers and their needs are already being addressed.

Cebu Pacific Air flight 5J 971 (Manila-Davao) landed safely but veered off to the right side of the Davao International Airport runway during a heavy downpour. All 165 passengers have been safely shuttled to the airport terminal and their needs are being taken care of.

Because of this, the following flights have been cancelled: 5J 970 (Davao-Manila), 5J 973/974, 969/972, 979/980 (Manila-Davao-Manila), 5J 216/210 (Davao-Cagayan de Oro-Cebu).

Guests on these flights will be reaccommodated on the next available flights, and will be provided meals, hotels and transfers as necessary.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.

The local officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines have denied to give any comment as of press time, as mandated by their central office.

-from reports by Rodirey Salas, ABS-CBN; Karlos Manlupig, Rappler.com; Andrea Calonzo, GMA News

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