• Gulf Air plane makes emergency landing at NAIA

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    Aircraft technicians examine the engine of Gulf Air GF155.  PHOTO BY BENJIE L. VERGARA

    Aircraft technicians examine the engine of Gulf Air GF155. PHOTO BY BENJIE L. VERGARA

    A Gulf Air plane bound for Bahrain returned to Manila 30 minutes after it took off because its engine stalled.

    The Airbus A330-200 landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 1:31 p.m. The plane, which took off at 1 p.m., was carrying 207 passengers and 12 crew.

    The Manila International Airport Authority said the pilot-in-command, Capt. Ra Beeh, asked for clearance for an emergency landing at 1:10 p.m. after its engine number 1 stalled. The airport’s fire and rescue teams were on hand when the plane landed.

    Technicians said the engine may have stopped because of high temperature.

    One of the passengers, Floramina Munzon, who was seated beside the left wing of the plane, said she heard an explosion after liftoff.

    The airline said the passengers were issued passes for the next available flight.

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