MANILA -- An airplane of budget carrier Cebu Pacific was forced to return to the country's main airport on Tuesday due to a bird strike during takeoff.
All the passengers of flight 5J-381 bound for Cagayan De Oro were safe, but their damaged Airbus 320 craft had to be replaced, said Cebu Pacific spokesperson Charo Logarta.
The replacement craft left the Ninoy Aquino International Airport around 7:20 a.m., some 4 hours after the initial takeoff, reaching its destination at 8:30 a.m., she said in a phone interview.
Bird strikes have led to crashes that have killed hundreds worldwide.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has yet to issue a statement on this incident.