Bird strike, defective gear plague 2 flights


Posted at Sep 23 2014 03:11 PM | Updated as of Sep 24 2014 01:58 AM

MANILA - Two commercial flights coming from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport experienced trouble while airborne.

Philippine Airlines Express Flight 2P 2811 bound for Davao was forced to return to Manila after it took off around 6:47 a.m. Tuesday. This was after the plane's nose landing gear failed to retract after take-off at the NAIA.

The PAL flight was able to resume its flight to Davao at 8:41 a.m. after undergoing maintenance check. The flight had 180 passengers on board.

The second commercial flight that experienced trouble was an Airbus 319 of Cebu Pacific.

Cebu Pacific flight 5J 771 was struck by birds before landing at Pagadian Airport.

Initial information from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said Cebu Pacific flight 5J 771 was on final approach when the bird strike happened. Fortunately, the plane landed safely with 121 passengers on board.

The plane is still grounded at Pagadian Airport while undergoing maintenance check. Its return flight to Manila has been cancelled pending the result of the safety and maintenance check. - By Raoul Esperas