PAL blocks runway; 10 flights cancelled

Tire explodes! First in history of local aviation, the giant tire explodes from the AirBu230 last Tuesday crippling flight schedules of ten destinations to and from Dumaguete (photo by Harriett Macias)

Hundreds of passengers on 10 flights were forced to take alternative means to reach their destinations after one of the tires of flight PR 2541 of the Philippine Airlines burst as it landed in the Dumaguete airport, Tuesday morning.

The immobilized plane, a 156 seater Airbus A320, was left at the runway while authorities ensured that all 115 passengers and the crew deplaned safely. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines closed the runway as a safety precaution for all travelers and ground crew.

This resulted in the cancellation of nine other flights of PAL and Cebu Pacific that day as the management waited for the mechanics from Cebu to fix the aircraft. The tarmac was cleared of the plane by evening and no foreign object was spotted after a thorough inspection, thus the flights resumed Wednesday morning.

In order to appease the passengers, whose travel plans were frustrated, the PAL management assisted them in rebooking their flights or providing accommodations for free.

But will PAL reimburse passengers of other airlines whose flights From page 1 PAL blocks runway: 10 flights cancelled were cancelled because of the accident? The local CAAP would not confirm an answer since they said this is a matter of airline policy among other airlines.

Some passengers including foreign tourists asked for refund of their fare while others opted to travel by boat and fast craft to their next destinations.