Plane with VP Binay's wife, lawmakers makes emergency landing

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PAL flight PR-1814 left the Davao airport at 1:07 p.m. on Friday (September 11) and was on its way to Manila when smoke was detected from the plane's cargo bay.

Davao City (CNN Philippines) — A Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight carrying Dr. Elenita Binay, the wife of Vice President Jejomar Binay, made an emergency landing at the Davao International Airport Friday afternoon (September 11) after smoke was detected in its baggage compartment.

PAL flight PR-1814 left the Davao airport at 1:07 p.m. and was on its way to Manila when smoke was detected from the plane's cargo bay.

The pilot immediately called the Mactan airport around 1:15 pm requesting for an emergency landing, but the plane was instead advised to turn back. The aircraft landed back at the Davao airport at 1:33 pm.

Binay was among the 131 passengers on board the plane along with Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar, son of Senator Cynthia Villar, and Sultan Kudarat First District Rep. Pax Mangudadatu.

One passenger reportedly passed out due to stress and was rushed to the hospital. The rest of the passengers were reportedly okay.

In a statement, PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said the aircraft, a 199-seater Airbus A321-231, puffed out smoke in the rear cargo compartment, which was immediately detected by the flight crew, who carried out the required emergency procedures.

The affected passengers were re-accommodated on the next available flights to Manila.

The aircraft had been parked at the old terminal for technical evaluation, assessment and investigation.