Malaysia Airlines cancels NAIA flight amid 'glitch'

Posted at 03/10/2014 9:11 PM | Updated as of 03/11/2014 12:19 AM
A Boeing 738 aircraft of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 803 bound for Kuala Lumpur is seen parked at Gate 16 of NAIA Terminal 1 on Monday. The airline cancelled the flight because of a technical problem, airport officials said. Photo by Raoul Esperas for ABS-CBNNews.com

MANILA - Malaysia Airlines was forced to cancel a Boeing 738 flight at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 bound for Kuala Lumpur reportedly due to a technical problem, airport officials said Monday.

Immigration officer Alma Glenda confirmed with ABS-CBN News that the plane, which docked at Gate 16 of NAIA 1, was carrying 120 passengers and an infant.

Glenda said the plane was scheduled to depart for Kuala Lumpur but at around 7:30 p.m., they were advised by the Malaysia Airlines ground staff that they have cancelled flight MH 803 and are coordinating with immigration for the guarded re-entry of all passengers.

Dante Basanta, NAIA Terminal 1 manager, said that all passengers will be billeted at Heritage Hotel while the aircraft is being checked by aircraft mechanics from MIASCOR.

Foreign passengers of the cancelled Malaysia Airlines flight MH 803 at NAIA Terminal 1 claim their luggage before being billeted in a hotel in Manila. Photo by Raoul Esperas for ABS-CBNNews.com

Noli Barillo, an overseas Filipino worker from Cagayan and one of the passengers on the plane, said they were not aware of the problem until they were asked to disembark.

Barillo said the Malaysia airlines told them that their tentative schedule is to depart 9 a.m. Tuesday.

No one from Malaysia Airlines wanted to explain the technical problem, as of posting.

This incident comes amid the search for a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing over the weekend, with over 200 people onboard. - reports from by Raoul Esperas, ANC