Dec 20, 2013

Flight operations at Kalibo Int’l Airport disrupted

(PHOTO) Kalibo Airport Facebook Page
(Manila Bulletin) Flight operations at the Kalibo International Airport were disrupted Thursday afternoon after an Airbus A320 narrow body jet got stuck at the end of its runway while performing a 180 degree turn in preparation for takeoff.
China-bound Zest Air flight Z2058 with 137 passengers and seven crew onboard was making a U-turn at the end of the Kalibo airport’s Runway 5 when its front wheel reportedly skidded out of the runway and onto the soft grassy fringe causing it to get stuck.
The incident happened at around 3:30 p.m. which forced the runway closure.
All of the passengers had to be offloaded from the aircraft while personnel from the airline carrier tried to free the stuck airplane.
A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) was issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) at 3:51 closing Kalibo Airport for operations.
As of presstime, CAAP personnel from Kalibo airport had just completed assessing the situation and are now in the process of towing out the said aircraft.
CAAP sent already investigation team to determine the cause of the incident.
Affected flights due to the airport closure include Seair Flight 7056 from Manila to Kalibo, Cebu Pacific flight 5J 343, Zest Air Z2272, AirPhil flight 2P975 and Seair 740 from Clark to Kalibo.
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