Cebu Pacific A320 at Manila on May 18th 2015, runway excursion during backtrack for departure

Last Update: May 22, 2015 / 05:04:23 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 18, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
5J-678

Aircraft Registration
RP-C4103

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

A Cebu Pacific Airbus A320-200, registration RP-C4103 performing flight 5J-678 from Manila (Philippines) to Shanghai Pudong (China), was taxiing for departure from Manila's runway 13, the aircraft needed to backtrack the runway first and turn around to line up for a full length departure. While turning around to line up for takeoff the nose wheels of the aircraft departed paved surface and stopped. A tow truck pulled the aircraft back onto paved surface and returned the aircraft to the gate.

A passenger reported that the aircraft appeared to be taxiing for departure at a rather high speed and was turning around on the runway still at a rather high speed when the aircraft shuddered and was brought to a rapid stop. The crew announced that they had hit a "soft spot" and needed to wait for a tug. The aircraft subsequently returned to the apron, the flight on a replacement aircraft needed to divert to Hong Kong due to weather and reached Shanghai with a delay of approximately 12 hours.

The airline reported: "The assigned aircraft did not veer off the paved surface of the runway. During taxi, the aircraft hit a soft spot along the NAIA runway and had to be towed back to the bay. As the aircraft was still turning and not yet accelerating for takeoff, its movement was at a controlled speed."

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration RP-C3261 departed Manila with a delay of 3 hours, but aborted the approach to Shanghai at FL260 due to weather (low visibility procedures were in effect) and diverted to Hong Kong (China). The aircraft departed Hong Kong after about 6.5 hours on the ground and reached Shanghai with a total delay of 12 hours.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 18, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
5J-678

Aircraft Registration
RP-C4103

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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