January 12, 2011
A Cebu Pacific A319-100, registration RP-C3190 and performign flight 5J-645 burst a nose gear tyre upon landing on a grassy area along the tarmac of Puerto Princesa airport in Palawan Tuesday at about 7 p.m.
Repairmen work on the crippled Cebu Pacific plane at the Puerto Princesa tarmac on Wednesday morning. The plane's front tire burst upon landing on Tuesday night. GMANews.TV
The accident damaged about half of the lights on the runway, although there were no reports of injuries, said local Air Transportation Office official Rafael Servando .
Due to the runway damage, a Philippine Airlines plane was unable to take off for a scheduled flight to Manila, and is reportedly parked at the tarmac’s apron together with the Cebu Pacific plane.
According to the ATO official, firemen immediately hosed off soil and other debris from the runway to clear the landing area.
Servando said they will repair the damaged runway lights by Wednesday morning, and estimate that incoming and outgoing flights will return to normal by around noontime.
Over 100 passengers of a Manila-bound Cebu Pacific flight remain stranded in Palawan airport and will have to wait until Wednesday evening before they could resume their travel.
Philippine Airlines was able to leave in the morning Wednesday after the airport was re-opened for traffic.—With Paterno Esmaquel/JV, GMANews.TV