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Passengers Endure 11-Hour Round-Trip Ordeal As Flight Circles And Misses Curfew

Passengers endure 11-hour round-trip ordeal as flight circles and misses curfew due to a series of unfortunate incidents. It was a seemingly routine three-hour flight from Manila, Philippines, to Fukuoka, Japan.

Author:Suleman Shah
Reviewer:Han Ju
Sep 07, 202321.9K Shares293.1K Views
Passengers endure 11-hour round-trip ordeal as flight circles and misses curfewdue to a series of unfortunate incidents. It was a seemingly three-hour flight routine from Manila, Philippines, to Fukuoka, Japan.
This unexpected ordeal unfolded on a flight operated by the low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air, leaving travelers frustrated and exhausted.

Unexpected Airspace Congestion

The ill-fated flight, designated as Flight 5J922, took off from Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport at approximately 3:15 p.m. local time, carrying 125 passengers on Monday.
The flight was bound for Fukuoka Airport, a popular destination in Japan, known for its vibrant culture and scenic beauty.
The flight was scheduled to land in Fukuoka roughly three hours later, given the one-hour time difference between the two cities. However, as the aircraft approached Fukuoka, it encountered unexpected challenges.
Local airspace was congested, forcing the plane to circle the airport repeatedly in an attempt to secure a landing slot.

A Diversion To Kitakyushu

As concerns mounted over the aircraft's dwindling fuel supply, the flight crew made a critical decision. Flight 5J922 was diverted to Kitakyushu Airport, situated approximately 37 miles away from Fukuoka.
This diversion was a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of passengers and crew members. The plane finally touched down at Kitakyushu Airport at around 8:30 p.m. local time, providing temporary relief to the weary travelers.
Unfortunately, the passengers' respite was short-lived. Upon landing in Kitakyushu, passengers were unable to disembark due to complications with customs procedures.
As minutes ticked away, it became apparent that the flight would not be able to make a timely return to Fukuoka.
Cebu Pacific Airplane
Cebu Pacific Airplane

Missed Curfew And Return To Manila

The situation took a dire turn when it was realized that Fukuoka Airport enforced a strict curfew, allowing flights only between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
This curfew is in place to mitigate noise disturbances in nearby residential areas. Consequently, Flight 5J922 missed the curfew and could not return to Fukuoka.
In a surprising turn of events, the flight, designated as CEB923, was forced to leave Kitakyushu Airport around midnight, adding further hours to the already arduous journey.
It finally landed back at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport approximately three hours later, turning what was supposed to be a quick three-hour flight into an exhausting 11-hour ordeal.
Passengers on this extraordinary flight expressed their frustration and exhaustion. One passenger, who captured the unfolding events on video, recounted feeling too desperate and fatigued to react by the time they landed back in Manila.
They lamented, "This is my first experience. I just arrived in Japan, but I'm flying to Manila again."

Cebu Pacific Air's Response

In response to this challenging situation, Cebu Pacific Air issued a statement expressing regret for the inconvenience caused to passengers.
The airline provided affected travelers with hotel accommodations, meals, and a round-trip voucher for international short-haul destinations.
Passengers were also given flexible options, including free rebooking, storing the cost of their flight in a Travel Fund, or a refund.
Some passengers chose to fly with another airline, while the rest were accommodated on a Cebu Pacific Air flight to Fukuoka on the same day.
Aviation experts, such as Professor Takenori Watanabe of Sojo University's Faculty of Engineering, weighed in on the situation.
Professor Watanabe emphasized the rarity of international flights returning to their departure points.
He highlighted the importance of establishing a smooth system to handle such emergencies, particularly in light of the increasing number of visitors to Japan.
When the passengers arrived back in Manila, the carrier provided them with hotel accommodation, meals, and a round-trip voucher to any international short-haul destinations.- Cebu Pacific Air
They were also offered flexible options including rebooking their flight for free, storing the cost of their flight to a Travel Fund, or refund.- Cebu Pacific Air
We apologize for the inconvenience this situation may have caused. We appeal for understanding as safety is our primary concern.- Cebu Pacific Air

Final Words

What should have been a straightforward three-hour flight from Manila to Fukuoka turned into a grueling 11-hour journey, testing the patience and endurance of passengers.
This incident serves as a reminder of the unexpected challenges that can arise in air travel, even on the most routine routes.
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Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah is a researcher and freelance writer. As a researcher, he has worked with MNS University of Agriculture, Multan (Pakistan) and Texas A & M University (USA). He regularly writes science articles and blogs for science news website and open access publishers OA Publishing London and Scientific Times. He loves to keep himself updated on scientific developments and convert these developments into everyday language to update the readers about the developments in the scientific era. His primary research focus is Plant sciences, and he contributed to this field by publishing his research in scientific journals and presenting his work at many Conferences. Shah graduated from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (Pakistan) and started his professional carrier with Jaffer Agro Services and later with the Agriculture Department of the Government of Pakistan. His research interest compelled and attracted him to proceed with his carrier in Plant sciences research. So, he started his Ph.D. in Soil Science at MNS University of Agriculture Multan (Pakistan). Later, he started working as a visiting scholar with Texas A&M University (USA). Shah’s experience with big Open Excess publishers like Springers, Frontiers, MDPI, etc., testified to his belief in Open Access as a barrier-removing mechanism between researchers and the readers of their research. Shah believes that Open Access is revolutionizing the publication process and benefitting research in all fields.
Han Ju

Han Ju

Hello! I'm Han Ju, the heart behind World Wide Journals. My life is a unique tapestry woven from the threads of news, spirituality, and science, enriched by melodies from my guitar. Raised amidst tales of the ancient and the arcane, I developed a keen eye for the stories that truly matter. Through my work, I seek to bridge the seen with the unseen, marrying the rigor of science with the depth of spirituality. Each article at World Wide Journals is a piece of this ongoing quest, blending analysis with personal reflection. Whether exploring quantum frontiers or strumming chords under the stars, my aim is to inspire and provoke thought, inviting you into a world where every discovery is a note in the grand symphony of existence. Welcome aboard this journey of insight and exploration, where curiosity leads and music guides.
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