Senate probes NAIA chaos


Posted at Aug 29 2018 09:40 AM | Updated as of Aug 29 2018 11:38 AM

A Philippine Airlines passenger jet takes off above a Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800 pictured next to the airport perimeter fence after it overshot the runway at NAIA August 17, 2018. Erik De Castro, Reuters

MANILA - The Senate on Wednesday launched a legislative inquiry into the 2-day closure of a runway at Ninoy Aquino International Airport earlier this month, which stranded tens of thousands of travelers.

Some 200 flights were cancelled while NAIA's main runway was blocked from August 16 to 18 after a Xiamen Airlines jetliner lost its left engine during a bumpy landing. Among those stranded by the incident were OFWs and holidaymakers traveling ahead of a long weekend.

Stranded passengers wait at Terminal 1 for their flights to resume after Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800 Flight MF8667 overshot the runway upon landing at NAIA, August 17, 2018. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

Transportation authorities will be asked to explain why it took 2 days before the stalled Boeing 737-800 aircraft was removed, Senator Grace Poe, who chairs the Senate transportation committee, earlier said.

Poe said she will also ask authorities about supposed delays in the approval of a consortium's plan to upgrade NAIA facilities.

The House of Representatives will also mount a separate probe into the runway mess.

Catch a livestream of the hearing here.