MANILA, Philippines – A bird strike forced a Philippine Airlines (PAL) airbus 320 plane to make an emergency landing at the Tacloban airport Wednesday morning.
Initial reports said the plane’s engine blades were damaged when a flock of wild ducks directly hit the engine while about to land at runway 18 of Tacloban airport.
The commercial plane with flight number PR191 departed the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 around 5:45 a.m. for the 1-hour flight to Tacloban.
The return flight to Manila (PR192) was cancelled after PAL’s maintenance crew decided to further check the airworthiness and safety of the aircraft.
The aircraft accident investigation board of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is now investigating the incident.
In 2009, a commercial flight in New York City plunged into the Manhattan River minutes after take off when a flock of birds hit the engine. -- Report from Raoul Esperas