LEGAZPI CITY, 6Jan2013 (PNA) – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) here on Monday suspended for an hour the operations in the Legazpi City domestic airport after a Cebu Pacific plane that had just landed and was negotiating the runway suddenly stopped due to a mechanical trouble.
Antonio Alfonso, CAAP Area 5 manager, said in a phone interview that the incident forced the 101 passengers to disembark at the middle of the airport runway.
Alfonso said the Cebu Pacific plane A320, with registry number RP3265, landed at the Legazpi Airport runway from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal at about 6:15 a.m., Monday.
He said that while the plane was negotiating the airport runway, its nose wheel got stuck-up — totally immobilizing the aircraft.
Alfonso said no one of the 101 passengers was reported hurt but because of a disabled nose wheel, they were eventually allowed to disembark at the middle of the runway, fetched by a passenger bus and brought to the airport arrival area.
He said that after the passengers alighted, the plane pilots noticed that the nose wheel was again functioning.
The pilots brought the plane at the designated taxiway and immediately conducted the necessary inspection and repair work.
The airport operation resumed after an hour. (PNA)