Five runway lights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport were
damaged after a taxiing Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) plane skidded to the
right portion of the runway, the Manila International Airport
Authority (MIAA) said on Friday.
MIAA airfield officers reported CEB flight 5J-448 with registry number
RP-C3197, which came from Iloilo with 85 adults, seven children and
three infants on board, had just landed at runway 06-24 amid heavy
rains at 4:14p.m., on Thursday and while taxiing it suddenly skidded
damaging the runway edge lights.
No one was hurt during the incident, and NAIA flight operations are
normal, reports said.
The airfield officers added that the aircraft pilots – Capt. J.
Palomino and First Officer J.S. Gile – were able to proceed the plane
to the NAIA terminal 3 ramp.
Meanwhile, airport general manager Jose Angel Honrado said details on
the extent of the damage to the aircraft have yet been assessed.
“Yung 5J-448 na galing Iloilo, muntik ng lumabas sa main runway.
Nasira ang limang landing lights namin,” Honrado said, adding that the
MIAA is doing its own assessment on the damaged edge lights for
possible claims with Cebu Pacific.
On the other hand, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines ordered
the grounding of the pilots pending investigation on Thursday’s
The incident came weeks after 5J-971 figured in an accident in Davao
International Airport that forced the closure of airport’s runway and
the cancellations of several domestic flights. (Benjie L. Vergara)