- Viral video showed passengers suffering inside heated Cebu Pacific plane
- Lady passenger said they were only deplaned after one woman fainted due to the heat
- DOTr ordered probe into incident
MANILA, Philippines – A video showing passengers sweltering inside a Cebu Pacific plane cabin has gone viral and prompted an investigation by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
The incident, which involved Cebu Pacific Flight 5J 575, took place at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Friday night after the Cebu-bound plane failed to take off due to tarmac delays.
The video was posted on Facebook by lady passenger Gin Durano who claimed that they were only made to exit the plane after a woman fainted due to the suffocating heat.
“Babies are crying,old people are complaining and there’s a woman got suffocated and now she has oxygen on because she can’t breathe. We’ve been here for more than an hour inside the plane.
Freaking damn hot! They didn’t even do anything to deplane us until the woman pass out. I Super Love You Cebu Pacific!” she said.
For its part, the DOTr said it has directed its air transport agencies to look into the incident.
“Please be informed that the Department of Transportation (DOTr), through its Undersecretary for Aviation Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo, has already instructed the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to look into this and act accordingly,” the department said; adding that Cebu Pacific and its pilot will be sanctioned accordingly if found to have violated existing regulations.
“Should DOTr-CAB find out that Cebu Pacific Flight 5J 575 went beyond the prescribed 2-hour period to deplane its passengers due to long tarmac delays, Cebu Pacific shall be held liable for the penalty prescribed under the regulation. Further, if found to have violated the regulation, the pilot shall likewise be held liable as he has the obligation to order the deplaning,” DOTr said.
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