THE quick thinking pilots of a Philippine Airlines flight bound for Haneda, Japan saved the lives of 222 passengers and 13 crew when they decided to return to Manila after a smoke in the cabin was detected shortly after lifting off Monday morning.
The pilots, identified only as Capt. E. De Guzman Jr. and co-pilot First Officer A. Ugalino, decided to immediately execute emergency landing protocols at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport due to smoke in the cabin, minutes after the PR422 flight plane took off at 9:32 a.m.
The Manila International Airport Authority said the plane, an Airbus A340-300 with registry number RP-C3435, safely landed around 9:52 a.m. at the Naia runway 24 where it was met and escorted by fire trucks and rescue personnel.
In a statement, PAL spokesperson and External Communications head Ma. Cielo Villaluna said the plane had to undergo operational assessment to determine the technical concerns that led to its return to the Manila airport.
“In the meantime, all passengers will be provided meals and will be given a replacement flight departing Manila at 1:30 p.m. today. The assigned aircraft will be an A330-300,” said Villaluna.
The incident happened a few months after a PAL flight bound for London made an emergency landing at the Naia shortly after fire and smoke were detected.