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Iloilo City officials look into Cebu Pacific plane mishap

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Iloilo City officials, led by acting Mayor Jose Espinosa III, has held an inquiry regarding the runway excursion a Cebu Pacific plane in Iloilo International Airport on October 13.

Officials of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the representatives of Cebu Pacific were invited to shed light on the said mishap.

“We want to ensure that incidents like this won’t happen again and that the public will feel safe in riding the airplane,” Espinosa said.

Atty. Khristian Alvaera, director of Cebu Pacific Aeropolitical Affairs, explained the plane was “air worthy” and the pilot has been with them for more than 15 years.

He added that an emergency response team was immediately dispatched to remove the aircraft in the runway and was successfully removed after three days.

He said Cebu Pacific provided transportation to Roxas City, Capiz where flights were eventually diverted.

Free round trip ticket vouchers were also given to affected passengers.

Meanwhile, CAAP Air Traffic Service Area Head Engr. Diego Eric Abelendorio said the runway is being regularly inspected and cleaned.

The meeting was held at City Hall on October 26.