Bird strike stops PAL jet from taking off in Davao

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 29 2018 03:13 PM | Updated as of Aug 29 2018 05:55 PM

A Philippine Airlines plane is parked at Manila airport. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA -- Philippine Airlines said one of its jets bound for Manila failed to take off from the Davao City airport on Wednesday after one of its engines suffered a bird strike.

All those on board PR 814 are safe and the aircraft was brought back to the ramp, the airline said.

"Our pilots are trained to respond accordingly and in this case, the decision was to halt the flight and return to ramp. Passengers were given food and drinks and assisted with their flight rebookings," PAL said in a statement. 

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PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna also belied stories circulating on social media that there was an explosion on the plane. 

"Wala pong nasaktan, wala pong nangyaring explosion. Ang nangyari po ay birdstrike and the captain was able to bring the aircraft to a halt and return the aircraft to ramp," Villaluna said in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo. 

She said that the PAL jet was about to take off when a bird was sucked into one of its engines, creating a loud noise. This prompted the pilot to abort the flight. 

Villaluna added that all 180 passengers aboard the plane were rebooked on later flights going to Manila.