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Vietjet plane lands in Philippines after problem

MANILA (AP) – A Vietjet plane carrying 214 people made an unscheduled but safe landing in the northern Philippines yesterday morning after encountering an unspecified technical problem. None of the passengers and crew were hurt.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said the Airbus A321 was enroute to Vietnam from the South Korean city of Incheon when it encountered the problem and had to divert to Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte province.

“The pilot did not declare an emergency. He informed the tower of difficulty due to a technical problem. No engine failure was reported,” the civil aviation agency told The Associated Press.

The passengers were brought to an airport lounge to wait for a replacement aircraft, Apolonio said.

Passengers disembark from a Vietjet Airbus A321 at the Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte province, northern Philippines. PHOTO: AP