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A London bound Philippine Airlines flight was forced to return to Manila due to a technical problem

A PAL plane ©
A PAL plane ©

A PHILIPPINE Airlines flight bound for London was forced to return to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after fire and smoke were electronically detected following take off on Friday.

Engineer Octavio Lina, Manila International Airport Authority assistant general manager, said PAL flight PR 720 bound for Heathrow Airport had just took off at about 1:59 pm. with 170 passengers, including the flight crews, when the cockpit flight indicator detected fire and smoke in one of the landing gears.

This prompted the plane’s pilot, Capt. Miguel Ben Gomez, to return and land the plane, an Airbus 340-300, after just 18 minutes in the air. The plane was advised by air traffic controllers to dock at bay 49 of NAIA Terminal 2, Lina said.

Furthermore, Lina said, that as a precaution MIAA fire and rescue personnel were deployed along the runway after the pilot informed the authorities of the plane’s condition.

PAL Flight 720 was later cancelled causing travel inconvenience among its passengers.

According to reporters covering the country’s premier airport, the PAL management kept mum about this serious incident as its spokesperson, Cielo Villaluna, cannot be located for comment.


Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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