Smoke Causes Emergency Landing For Flight Carrying Philippines VP's Wife
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A Philippine Airlines flight carrying several key public figures made an emergency landing in Davao City Friday due to a mechanical issue.
In a report from Editha Caduaya of Rappler.com, Philippine Airlines Flight PR-1814 was carrying 131 passengers and six crew members, including Vice President Jejomar Binay’s wife Dr. Elenita Binay, Las Pinas Representative Mark Villar and Sultan Kudarat First District Representative Pax Mangudadatu.
The Philippine Airlines plane departed at 11:40 a.m. local time, but during the flight, crew members detected smoke in the aircraft’s cargo bay. The pilot called for an emergency landing at Mactan–Cebu International Airport, but was advised to turn back and land at Davao International Airport.
One passenger reportedly passed out due to anxiety from the incident, but there were no injuries reported amongst the other 136 people on board. The flight landed in Davao at 1:35 p.m. local time, and the passenger who passed out was immediately taken to an ambulance.
Philippine Airlines spokeswoman Maria Cielo Villaluna told Rappler.com, “The pilots noticed that the aircraft’s ‘cargo smoke warning’ was activated, prompting them to carry out the required procedures to extinguish any smoke. The aircraft is undergoing technical evaluation, assessment, and investigation.”
Once safely on the ground, the plane was moved to a remote portion of the airport so that officials from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines could conduct a full investigation of the incident.
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