An aircraft with seven passengers, including Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, and two crew, developed engine problem while about to take off at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Runway 13/31.
A twin-turboprop King Air plane, with Senator Christopher "Bong" Go onboard stalled at Runway 13/31 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said on Tuesday.
The MIAA said the senator and six other passengers and two crew were unharmed.
"The aircraft was successfully extracted at 10:43 a.m. Clearing operations was done by the MIAA Airport Ground Operations Safety Division (AGOSD) to check for possible foreign object debris (FOD) before giving clearance to reopen Runway 13/31. Runway 13/31 was reopened by 10:48 a.m.," MIAA said in a statement.
The 13/31 is a secondary runway of NAIA which is 2,258 meters long and is used by smaller airplanes, while the primary runway the Runway 06/24 had a stretch of 3,737 meters, for wider bodies.
The airport authority added that no flights were affected during the emergency situation.
The plane reportedly developed a mechanical issue in one of its engines.
The senator and his team were supposed to fly to Visayas region to distribute assistance to residents affected by rains and floods in Northern Samar.
An airport source said the senator has commended the MIAA personnel for the swift recovery action which minimized adverse impact on other flight operations and ensuring the safety of the plane and its passengers.
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