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SkyJet makes emergency landing at NAIA

A Magnum Skyjet flight made an emergency landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) domestic runway 13-31 Wednesday morning after one of its nose wheels detached upon take-off at Basco airport. All 44 passengers and four crew members deplaned safely. Civil Aviation Authority of The Philippines (CAAP) spokesman Eric Apolonio said flight MSJ 817 left Basco, Batanes around 8:16 a.m. for Manila when one of its nose wheels was disengaged from the plane. The Basco tower radioed the pilot, identified as Capt. E. Tamayo and co- pilot Capt. J. Jatico, regarding the incident upon recovery of the said nose wheel landing gear. The pilots decided to proceed to NAIA despite missing one nose wheel. NAIA has the equipment to respond to such emergency situations, airport sources said.

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PAL flight bound to Japan returns to NAIA due to technical concerns

A Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight bound for Japan returned to Manila on Monday (September 26, 2016) 20 minutes after it took off. PR422, bound for Haneda airport departed Manila at 9:32 a.m.  but returned at 9:52 a.m. after the crew reported "technical concerns." The A340-300 aircraft, carrying 222 passengers and 13 crew members, landed safely at the NAIA Terminal 2, which serves as hub for PAL flights. The plane is currently undergoing operational assessment to determine the technical concerns that led to its return to airport. All affected passengers were provided meals and boarded a replacement flight which departed Manila at 1:30 p.m. on the same day.

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Sekkingstad leaves for Norway

Former Abu Sayyaf hostage Norwegian national Kjartan Sekkingstad, a who was held hostage for almost a year and was freed just recently by the terror group, left for Norway via Bangkok on board Thai Airways flight TG 621 past 1 pm on Thursday accompanied by staff members of the Norwegian embassy in the Philippines. Sekkingstad, believed to be traveling with a relative, was seen with Norway Ambassador to the Philippine Erik Forner, embassy personnel and Department of Foreign Affairs officials at the dignitary’s lounge of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in terminal 1 Sekkingstan was quoted as saying, “I am very happy to be alive and free,” following a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte  in Davao City. “I feel wonderful.”

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Turbulence hits PAL flight

Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR1103 from Los Angeles experienced clear air turbulence yesterday morning, 30 minutes before landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, injuring two passengers and four crew members. Passengers Roel Orocay and Ellis Mungin Anika Kemba were hurt on the left leg and face, respectively, while flight attendants Marc Castro, Joan Ratunil, Raquel Cruz and Katrina Angeles sustained injuries ranging from head trauma to spinal injury. PR 1103 landed safely at 6:40 a.m.

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NAIA in Full alert after Davao blast

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in FULL ALERT after bombing in Night Market Davao City last Friday night. NAIA General Manager Ed V Monreal reiterate that "This is not to alarm the public. We have raised our alert status as a proactive measure to ensure safety and security of airport users," said MIAA GM Ed Monreal. "We have directed baggage screeners to remain vigilant and discerning and to conduct thorough inspection when the need calls for it. We do not want to cause inconvenience in the process by creating long lines at the baggae screening checkpoints," Monreal explained.

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PAL cuts daily flights

Philippine Airlines on Thursday implemented a new schedule for some of its domestic flights to help ease the air traffic congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). PAL corporate communication head Cielo Villaluna said the airline will also operate new flights out of Clark International Airport soon. Villaluna said the new schedule will affect 3 percent of PAL’s 150 daily flights. The list of cancelled PAL flights: • Manila to Caticlan with 12 flights every day, and vice versa Caticlan Manila. • Manila to Cebu with 4 flights every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and other 8 flights vice versa every Monday, Thursday  and Saturday. • Manila to Calbayog, Manila to Kalibo, Manila to Laoag, Manila to Legaspi, Manila to Tablas, and Manila to Tuguegarao. Villaluna said PAL is meeting with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), Civil …

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Missing chopper, crewmen’s bodies recovered in Quezon

The wreckage of a helicopter operated by Macroasia Air Taxi Services with registry number RP-C2688 and the remains of its two pilots were finally located Saturday afternoon at the crash site in Quezon province, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said. CAAP Operations and Rescue Coordinating Center (ORCC) identified the fatalities as Capt. Miguel C. Logronio and Aircraft Mechanic Eng. Jay Gregorio. The ill-fated helicopter and its crew were on a mission to pick-up and rescue stranded construction and engineering personnel working at the Sumag diversion tunnel in Quezon province when it lost contact with ground crew last Monday amid inclement weather. Efforts to locate the missing aircraft were hampered by poor weather conditions, and it was only on Saturday that another helicopter, piloted by Capt. Jojo Consuji managed to penetrate …

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Hero pilot and aircraft mechanic die in rescue mission

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) confirmed today that a single-engine light helicopter AS350B2 type operated by Macroasia Air Taxi Services with registry number RP-C2688 went missing last August 22. It was located at 3:30 pm at the crash site by search and rescue team with bodies of two persons on board. CAAP Operations and Rescue Coordinating Center (ORCC) identified the fatalities as Capt. Miguel C. Logronio and his Aircraft Mechanic Eng. Jay Gregorio. The two were on a mission to pick-up and rescue the stranded construction and engineering personnel working at the Sumag diversion tunnel in Quezon province when the accident occurred last Monday. Efforts to locate the missing chopper took several days because of the bad weather condition in the area and it was only this morning that it was …

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10 flights diverted to Clark due to traffic congestion – MIAA

Due to heavy traffic congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA),  ten flights, including two international and eight domestic flights, were diverted to the Clark International Airport on Monday, July 18, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said. Diverted Flights: Philippine Airlines flights PR 659 from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia PR 454 from General Santos City PAL Express 2P 2080 from Osamiz and 2P 2890 from Catarman Four Cebu Pacific flights -- 5J-964 from Davao; 5J-786 from Butuan; 5J-111 from Hong Kong and 5J-568 from Cebu Two Air Asia flights, Z2-764 and Z2-774 Passengers on-board of PAL flight from Jeddah were stalled inside the plane for three hours from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon before the pilot decided to divert their flight at the Clark International Airport. The PAL Express flight from Osamis was scheduled to arrive at the NAIA …

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More chairs installed in NAIA 3

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has ordered the installation of more gang chairs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 departure lobby. Newly-assigned MIAA general manager Ed Monreal witnessed with his own eyes that departing passengers were slumping on the floor or sitting on their trolley bag while waiting for their respective flights, due to lack of seating spaces. GM Monreal ordered NAIA terminal 3 manager Ricardo Medalla to install additional chairs in the departure area where departing passengers could sit or rest while waiting to depart. “I was ashamed to see passengers slumping at the floor in every corner of the departure lobby of the NAIA terminal 3 while waiting for their flights. The reason why we are here is because of these passengers. They are paying terminal fees, …

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