Guam – A Philippine media report states that more than 100 passengers holding Continental Airline tickets bound for Guam were stranded overnight at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport because one of the airline’s B767 aircraft engines experienced an oil leak.
According to various Philippine media reports, the passengers were stranded between Monday and Wednesday of this week because a part needed to repair the engine leak had to be flown from Guam to Manila.
Continental Airlines Flight 988 was originally scheduled to leave on Monday January 3 at 11 pm, but were not able to depart until yesterday afternoon [Wednesday] January 5.
Irate passengers told Philippine media they were initially booked in a hotel but were summoned back to the airport early Wednesday morning only to wait another 10 hours.
Continental Ailrines’ Director of Corporate Communications, Koji Nagata issued the following statement regarding Flight 988:
“The departure of Continental flight 988 from Manila to Guam, originally scheduled to depart at 1:25 a.m. local time, was delayed on account of an aircraft malfunction. The technical issues have been addressed and the 159 passengers booked on the flight departed at 11:30 a.m. local time. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.”