Cebu Pacific flight diverted to India

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A CEBU Pacific Air flight from Dubai en route to Manila was diverted to India after one of the passengers on board was found in need of medical assistance, the airline said on Sunday.

Cebu Pacific said flight 5J015 landed safely at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India at 10:30 a.m. Manila time (6:30 a.m. Dubai time) to unload the passenger, who was not identified.

The airline said it was “coordinating with relevant authorities to ensure that immediate medical assistance is being provided for the passenger at a hospital in Hyderabad.”

“Our Customer Care team is also in direct contact with the passenger’s family, to provide any assistance they may need at this time,” Cebu Pacific added.


Flight 5J015 is expected to arrive in Manila at 7:10 p.m. Sunday after it departed Hyderabad at 1:06 p.m. Manila time.

Last July 2, a technical glitch forced the same flight, 5J015, to do an emergency landing at the Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India.

On July 30, 2015, the same Manila-bound flight from Dubai was diverted to India because of the disruptive behavior of a Filipino passenger. The passenger, who was said to be mentally disabled, announced there was a “bomb” on the flight.

BENJIE L. VERGARA

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