Friday the 13th: Cebu Pacific Flight 5J 461 Plane Veers Off Runway and Landed in the Rice Fields

This is a scary incident.

Cebu Pacific’s plane bound to Iloilo landed not on the airway but in the rice fields. [Image Credit: Loui Latoza/Facebook]

  • The Flight 5J 461 plane bound to Iloilo landed not on the runway but in the rice field.
  • All passengers and crew members are safe.
  • Flights going to Iloilo were canceled by Cebu Pacific.

What will you do if the plane you are currently riding took an emergency landing? That will be a terrifying experience. Unfortunately, passengers of Cebu Pacific Flight 5J 461 experienced that.

All passengers are safe. [Image Credit: JP Janolino Penol/Facebook]

Unfortunate Situation

Last Friday night, there was an emergency evacuation of the passengers from the jet plane that landed at the Iloilo International Airport. The plane landed not on the runway but in the rice fields.

The plane carries 180 passengers and 6 crew members from Manila to Iloilo.

A Facebook user named Loui Latoza posted on Facebook and shared some photos from the incident.

“I thought mamamatay na kami. Intense masyado. Subsob jukha namin haan nag lalanding. Sobrang nakakatako! But I’m still glad everyone in this flight is safe.”

In a Twitter advisory, the airline stated that the passengers were all safe and accounted for. They are also being attended by airport personnel.

No details about the emergency were given but the company stated that they are already investigating the matter and promised that they will provide updates as soon as possible.

Canceled Flights to Iloilo

Because of the incident, Cebu Pacific announced through their social media accounts, the cancellation of the flights going to Iloilo which include:

Oct. 13, 2017

  • 5J 467 Manila-Iloilo

Oct. 14, 2017

  • 5J 468 Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J 449/450 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J 451/452 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J 453/454 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J 721/720 Iloilo-Davao-Iloilo
  • 5J 255/256 Iloilo-Singapore-Iloilo
  • DG 6408/6409 Cebu-Iloilo-Cebu
  • 5J 447/448 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J 467 Manila-Iloilo
  • 5J 457/458 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J247/248 Iloilo-General Santos-Iloilo
  • 5J165 Iloilo-Cebu

Oct. 15, 2017

  • 5J451/452 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J453/454 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J457/458 Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J468 Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J348/347 Davao-Iloilo-Davao
  • DG6408/6409 Cebu-Iloilo-Cebu

We are happy to know that everyone on the flight is safe. Even if we cannot predict the future, hopefully, this will not happen again.


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Written by Kristina Suarez

Kristina is a freelance writer and author of "My Thrifty Thoughts." She loves random weekend trips, coffee, toys, and spas. Guided by her mantra "chill and travel," she enjoys unplanned escapades without compromising leisure and budget. Her free hours are spent reading books, watching dramas and movies, doing toy reviews or thinking about her next travel destination.

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