All passengers of PAL flight safe after technical issue; replacement flight provided

 A total of 361 passengers were deplaned and were declared unharmed after a United States-bound flight of the Philippine Air Line (PAL) suffered technical glitch on Friday night, July 5.

PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said Flight 102 bound for Los Agemes, California was not able to take off after its pilot noticed technical problem at the taxiway of the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

"The aircraft was already towed and all its passengers were safely deplaned," said Villaluna.

She said all the 361 passengers were provided with food and accommodation while the replacement flight is being arranged.

The latest update, according to Villaluna, is that a new flight is available and is set  to depart to Los Angeles at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6.

For its part, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said firefighters were deployed in the area after a smoke was detected.

The deployment of firefighters, according to MIAA, is a standard protocol.

PAL has already issued an apology over the incident.