A Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) flight with 347 passengers from Dubai en route to Manila was forced to divert to Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India due to a technical glitch, CEB said on Friday.
The passengers of CEB flight 5J015 were immediately brought to safety after the aircraft landed at 10:40 a.m. (June 29, 2016) at the airport.
CEB said “the passengers were provided hotel accommodations, meals, and transfers who unfortunately had to wait inside the plane while their special entry permits were being work out.”
It added that a local third party also assisted all passengers at the airport and provided tranfers to their respective hotels.
The airline also said it set up travel desks at the passengers’ hotels to provide immediate assistance with their reaccommodation.
“As of this morning, 120 passengers had been booked on another airline and are expected to arrive in Manila later today. The rest are being booked on the soonest available flights,” the CEB said in an advisory.
“We regret the inconvenience this has caused our passengers and hope for their understanding since our priority is their safety,” it added.
This is the second time this year that a Philippine carrier bound for Manila from Dubai made an emergency landing in India.
Last April, a Philippine Airlines flight PR669 was diverted to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad after a passenger on board who was only seven months pregnant unexpectedly gave birth to a baby girl during the flight.