MANILA -- An Airbus A320 plane of Cebu Pacific Airlines bound for Legazpi was forced to return to Manila on Friday reportedly due to technical problems.
Cebu Pacific flight 5J 323 departed Manila at 7:59 a.m. at runway 13-31 of the Manila Domestic Airport.
Just minutes after take-off, the pilot informed the Manila Control Tower that he would maneuver the plane to return to Manila due to technical problems.
Vince Oreta of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Operations Center said the plane touched down at 8:36 a.m.
Its passengers were then asked to get off the plane.
They were temporarily holed up at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 while the aircraft was being repaired.
Oreta said the flight later departed Manila at around 11:15 a.m.
The management of Cebu Pacific, meanwhile, apologized to the affected passengers.
However, they did not explain the problems encountered by the Airbus A320 plane. -- Report from Raoul Esperas