Cebu Pacific plane encounters bird strike

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A Cebu Pacific Airbus ATR 72-500 turbo-prop plane was able to land safely at the Iloilo International Airport after hitting a bird strike shortly before touchdown at around 6 a.m. on Tuesday. In a report by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), it appeared that Captain Remus Sayaman radioed the Iloilo control tower that the aircraft’s engine 1 sucked birds while it was approaching the airport. The plane was flying the Cebu-Iloilo route. The CAAP report said not one of the 60 passengers and crew were hurt in the incident. CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said the twin-engine turbo-prop plane went through a maintenance inspection for safety and airworthiness before resuming operations. The airline has eight ATR 72-500 aircraft in its fleet.

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