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.