Bird strike grounds plane at Tagbilaran airport

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Bird strike grounds plane at Tagbilaran airport

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An aircraft of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) was grounded Friday at the Tagbilaran City Airport due to a bird strike, said an airline official.

PAL Bohol manager Emma Casenas told the Chronicle that the Airbus 320 encountered a flock of birds as it flew in from Incheon, South Korea at 6:05 a.m.

“Upon further checking of the captain and first officer supposedly departing for Cebu, they saw that there was a bird strike,” Casenas said.

The aircraft safely landed at the Tagbilaran City Airport from Incheon but was grounded for minor repairs cancelling its flight bound for Cebu.

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According to Casenas, some passengers of the cancelled flight have been accommodated through other PAL aircrafts while some had their flights rebooked.

Mechanics from Manila have arrived to check and repair the plane, said Casenas.

“For our regular schedule from Manila and Cebu and then bound for Korea, another airplane which will arrive this afternoon will be used,” she added. (Rey Tutas)

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