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SOME FLIGHTS DELAYED

Naia runway’s uneven surface halts taxiing PAL plane

By: - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
/ 11:26 PM January 29, 2019

Updated 3 a.m. January 30

MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine Airlines (PAL) plane was forced to stop on a runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) on Tuesday evening after running into an uneven surface, momentarily interrupting the airport operations.

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According to Michelle Arcega, Naia public relations assistant, the obstruction caused the temporary closure of runway 13-31 at 6:40 p.m.

Meanwhile, Cielo Villaluna, PAL corporate communications manager, told INQUIRER.net in a text message that the flight PR353, which is a Macau-to-Manila flight, touched down at 6:38 p.m. at the NAIA runway.

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But, as it was traversing a rapid exit taxiway, one of the tires of the plane  hit an “uneven taxiway surface.”

Arcega said the runway closure delayed the following flights:

  • PG 624 Bangkok-Manila
  • PR 182 Davao- Manila
  • 5J 654 Tacloban-Manila
  • 5J 648 Puerta Princesa-Manila
  • 5J 330 Legazpi-Manila

The runway was then reopened at 7:20 p.m. after the plane was cleared by a tow truck.

Arcega added that the interrupted flights had already safely landed in their respective runways. /atm

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