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PAL A340 turns back with suspected smoke in cockpit

March 21, 2016 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A Philippine Airlines A340 carrying more than 250 people landed safely in Manila on Saturday after turning back with suspected smoke on the flight deck.

Flight PR1857 was carrying 13 crew and 241 passengers and was bound for central Cebu province, about an hour by air from Manila.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted an official saying the plane was airborne for just 10 minutes before the captain declared an emergency and decided to turn back in Manila.

The plane landed safely and there were no injuries.

A journalist aboard, Nestor Abrematea, told the paper he and other passengers smelled smoke after take-off but did not see any in the cabin. Passengers were flown to Cebu later in another plane.

Written by William Sykes

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