Fuel leak further delays grounded aircraft's flight (Philippines News Agency)

A Cebu Pacific airbus that hit the soft portion of the Tacloban Airport runway on Wednesday was prevented from taking off Thursday morning due to fuel leak.

Cebu Pacific’s flight 5J6608 bound for Manila was cancelled and the aircraft returned to the apron few minutes after it attempted to leave past 8 a.m.

It’s about to take off when crew members noticed the fuel leak, said Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Tacloban Area Manager Antonio Alfonso.

The aircraft has been grounded at the Tacloban Airport since past 2 p.m. on Wednesday after its main gear hit the soft portion of the 2,138-meter runway, leaving a pothole. Nobody was hurt during the incident.

The airport resumed its normal operation 5 a.m. on Thursday after 15-hours repair works.

CAAP said it did not have details about the fuel leak and if the problem was related to Wednesday’s incident.

The plane has 120 passengers. Among them was former Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, CAAP security personnel confirmed.

Airline officials refused media queries, but they already informed CAAP that a team of mechanics will be coming to Tacloban 1 p.m. to fix the problem. (PNA)