We took off from Narita on-time, and about after an hour in the flight, it was announced that we had to divert to Nagoya. Initially the cabin attendant, announced that we are short of fuel, hence we needed to fill our tanks up, at the nearest airport.

It was too scary for me, because I am an avid viewer of “Air Crash Investigation”, and based on what was always said in the series, aircraft would usually burn fuel by doing orbits, to prevent fire during emergency landings. I was just silent, but feeling like almost having a heart attack. I was expecting to be home before 7:00 PM, and didn’t bring any extra blood pressure maintenance medicines.

Our Flight Information

  • Airline: Cebu Pacific Air
  • Flight Number: 5J 5063
  • Aircraft: Airbus A320
  • Seat Row: 2F
  • Flight Sector: Narita International Airport to Mactan-Cebu International Airport
  • Flight Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017


It was a little bit confusing at first, because of the announcement that we were short of fuel, when we were burning a lot of it by circling the area for, what it feels like, almost an hour.

Until the captain spoke and assured us that everything is under control, and that there is just a minor glitch in the aircraft’s computer system. He further explained that we are in a safe distance to Nagoya Airport, and the need for us to orbit since our overall weight was just too heavy to land.

We landed safely and smoothly at Nagoya, while we were not allowed to go out, while everything was routinely checked. It was fine, since it was winter in Japan, and the cabin’s temperature were favorable. Since the aircraft engineer/technician is Japanese, they communicated in English, which gave us the opportunity to eavesdrop 😊, about what really happened.

Prior to take-off at Narita, the computer displayed the “clean water” as full, while the waste water as empty. About an hour or so, in the flight, the computer showed the “clean water” as half-full, while the waste water was showing full.

Despite this terrifying experience, I am very well impressed with Cebu Pacific, the captain, and the office of this flight. This only shows that the safety of their passengers is their utmost priority. Moreover, Kudos to the cabin crews of this flight – who remained calm, very professional, accommodating, and who made sure that every one of the passengers in that flight were taken care of.

Lastly, what do you think made all of us relax, calm, and very cooperative? It was because, (1) they empathized, (2) they provided us some assurance, (3) and their 100% presence in the entire situation.

And by the way, did you know how much I paid for that round-trip ticket (Cebu – Narita – Cebu)? Just a little over P2000. Visit CebuPacificAir.com and watch out for their promotions…


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