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Mactan airport temporarily closed after CebuPac plane minor mishap

/ 10:33 PM August 04, 2017

Cebu Pacific Plane overshoots the runway of Mactan Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu as it was taxing on its way out of Cebu. Flights in and out of MCIA were cancelled. Tonee Despojo, CDN

CEBU CITY – The runway at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in Lapu-Lapu City was temporarily closed following a minor incident involving a Cebu Pacific aircraft bound for Manila on Friday evening.

In a Facebook post by Cebu Pacific Air, Cebu Pacific Flight 5j570 bound for Manila from Cebu figured in an incident as it was taxing prior to take-off from the MCIA at 6:35 p.m.

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“The aircraft’s nose wheel (or front landing gear) went outside the runway,” the post read. As of 8:45 p.m., all 435 passengers, including three infants, were safely deplaned from the aircraft.

The airline said it was working closely with the GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation, operator of the MCIA, to speed up the towing of the aircraft so the runway can be opened as soon as possible.

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Cebu Daily News tried to reach representatives of the airport operator for comment, but received no feedback as of this posting.

Meanwhile, as a result of the temporary runway closure in Cebu, the following Cebu Pacific and Cebgo flights were diverted:

Bacolod-Silay Airport:
• DG 6377 Roxas-Cebu
• DG 6928 Butuan-Cebu
• DG 6205 Legazpi-Cebu
• 5J 607 Clark-Cebu

Iloilo International Airport:
• DG 6658 Zamboanga-Cebu
• 5J 434 Zamboanga-Cebu

Returned to Manila:
• 5J571 Manila-Cebu

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