Bird strike forces CEB plane to return to NAIA

BIRD strike yesterday forced a Cebu Pacific (CEB) plane bound for Cagayan de Oro to return to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

CEB flight 5J 381 pilot in-command radioed Manila Control Tower that they were returning to NAIA after a bird hit one of the aircraft’s engines.

The plane landed at the NAIA runway around 4:17 a.m. yesterday.

It was learned that one of the passengers of the plane was former Presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

Roque said there was a “sort of explosion and smell of smoke.”

The passengers were disembarked and boarded another plane for Cagayan de Oro at around 6:58 a.m. on the same day.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and CEB aircraft engineers are investigating  the damage caused by the bird.