MANILA, Philippines – An airplane bound for Laoag, Ilocos Norte was forced to go back to Manila due to bad weather.
Philippine Airlines flight PR 226, which left Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 at 10 a.m. Thursday, was not able to make a landing at the Laoag International Airport due to poor visibility.
The flight was carrying 150 passengers.
The pilot called NAIA authorities at around 11:40 a.m. to inform that the airplane needs to go back to Manila.
As of posting, the airplane has yet to land at the NAIA-2.
PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna, meanwhile, informed passengers bound for north Luzon to call 855-8888 to know the status of their respective flights.
North Luzon is experiencing rainy weather due to tropical storm Dindo.
Weather bureau PAGASA said Storm Signal No. 2 remains over:
- Calayan Group of Islands
- Babuyan Group of Islands
- Batanes Group of Islands
- Ilocos Norte
- Mt. Province
Storm Signal No. 1, meanwhile, has covered more provinces as of 10:00 a.m.:
- La Union
- Ilocos Sur
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Nueva Ecija
PAGASA Administrator Nathaniel Servando said “Dindo” will not grow stronger as it moves towards land area, but is still expected to bring more rains with its interaction with the southwest monsoon. - with a report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM