Cebu Pacific flight makes emergency landing in New Delhi

AviationUpdatesPH.com – On July 30, a Cebu Pacific flight, 5J 7945, enroute from Dubai to Manila was unexpectedly diverted to New Delhi, India. The diversion was prompted by a passenger's disruptive behavior, which escalated from a medical emergency to a bomb threat aboard the Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

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The flight had departed from Dubai International Airport at 11:10 PM on Wednesday and was forced to make an emergency landing two hours into the journey due to the bomb threat. The passenger causing the disturbance, identified as Russell Gen from the Philippines, initially required medical assistance.

After regaining consciousness, the woman was deemed fit enough for the flight to prepare for take-off. However, during pre-departure preparations, she raised a bomb threat from inside the aircraft's toilet, causing widespread panic and anxiety among the 430 passengers and 12 crew members.

As reported by the New Delhi Times, the aircraft was moved to an isolated bay. Indian security personnel conducted a thorough assessment of everyone on board. After several hours of investigation and scanning, the flight was declared safe and was able to continue its journey, reaching Manila at 5:30 PM.

In a statement, Cebu Pacific said, “CEB flight 5J 7945 Dubai - Manila diverted to Indira Gandhi Int'l Airport (New Delhi) at 6:55AM (2:55am UAE time) today, July 30, 2015, due to a disruptive passenger. CEB is coordinating with the government authorities in India, on this matter. CEB will provide updates as soon as available.”