Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Report: Bird strike delays Philippine Airlines return flight from Tacloban

A bird strike forced the delay of a Philippine Airlines return flight from Tacloban to Manila early Wednesday morning.

The PAL flight (PR-191) from Manila to Tacloban was about to land at the Tacloban City Airport when the bird strike occurred, radio dzBB's Sam Nielsen reported.

No one among the 94 Tacloban-bound passengers was hurt as the plane landed safely but the plane was grounded at Tacloban while technicians inspected the engines for damage.

An initial investigation showed the plane left Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 at 5:45 a.m. and was approaching the Tacloban City Airport's runway when migratory birds flew toward the plane.

The pilot managed to land the plane safely at 6:49 a.m. but technicians had to inspect the plane for damage – and delay the flight back to Manila, which was scheduled at 7:30 a.m.

PAL offered to rebook the affected passengers, the report said. 

— LBG, GMA News

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