Dipolog airport reopens after Cebu Pacific plane cleared from runway


Posted at Feb 15 2018 01:46 PM

A Cebu Pacific aircraft encountered technical problems upon landing at the Dipolog City airport Wednesday. Airport operations resumed Thursday after the plane was cleared. Dynah Diestro, ABS-CBN News

DIPOLOG CITY - The city's airport re-opened Thursday after it was shut for hours because of a Cebu Pacific aircraft that encountered technical problems and could not leave the runway.

"The Dipolog Airport is now back to normal operations following the removal of the aircraft off the runway at 9:30 p.m. yesterday, February 14, 2018," Cebu Pacific said in a statement.

On Wednesday, Cebgo Flight DG 6603 from Cebu was left in the middle of the runway after experiencing technical problems upon landing. 

“Everything went well when we left Cebu but as we touched down, we noticed that the plane zigzagged and then we stopped. The crew apologized for the inconvenience and explained to us that they’re having some technical problem,” Polanco Mayor Evan Hope Olvis told ABS-CBN News.

The aircraft stopped in the middle of the runway and passengers were asked to walk for about a kilometer to the arrival area. 

Two Cebu Pacific flights from the city bound for Cebu and Manila were cancelled Wednesday after the incident.

The airline said "additional flights have been mounted to accommodate affected passengers from yesterday’s cancellations."

"All passengers were also given a free travel voucher to compensate for the inconvenience," Cebu Pacific said.

-- with a report from Dynah Diestro, ABS-CBN News