A Philippine Airlines flight from Manila to Los Angeles—which bore Senator Manny Pacquiao and his aides —had to be diverted on Sunday after a passenger had a medical emergency.
Pacquiao’s lawyer, Tom Falgui, confirmed that the flight, PR102, made an emergency landing in Haneda, Japan. He was accompanying the senator to the United States, where the eight-division world boxing champion will face Errol Spence in Las Vegas on August 21.
After medical personnel in Haneda addressed the concern, the flight left. But instead of continuing the flight to Los Angeles, the plane had to turn back to Manila because the landing permit issued to PR102 was only until midnight of July 3, Los Angeles time.
Pacquiao then took a special flight, PR5102 to Los Angeles. It was a day after the senator exposed alleged corruption in four government agencies.
The emergency landing was necessary to ensure the passenger had medical attention, and the person did not have to be brought to a hospital, PAL said in a statement.
PR102 arrived before noon Sunday at the NAIA Terminal 1. PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna told Super Radyo dzBB PR102 departed Manila at 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Five hours into the flight, the passenger had a medical emergency, she said. The passenger's condition normalized while in Haneda after being given medical support, the PAL spokesperson added.
Due to the diversion and refueling at Haneda, the flight, if it pushed through to Los Angeles, would have arrived at the airport around 1 a.m. of July 4, LA time, Villaluna said.
The flight has 186 passengers, she said.
"We will take care of passengers upon landing," Villaluna added.
The affected passengers stayed at the airport and boarded the next flight scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, she said.