Passenger captures panic as plane skids off runway in Philippines

Elias Hubbard
Августа 17, 2018

"All 157 passengers and eight crew were evacuated without injuries, according to XiamenAir", Boeing said in a statement, adding it was closely monitoring the situation.

Data from tracking website FlightRadar24 confirms the plane circled for some time, then came in to land, with the final flight path appearing to veer off the runway.

"Everyone is safe but they had to use the emergency chute because it was muddy", Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines spokesman Eric Apolonio said.

"Investigators from the CAAP Aircraft Accident Investigating Bureau is already on site to determine the cause of the accident", they added.

A smaller runway for domestic flights remained open, they said.

AirLive shared photos on social media of the Boeing 737's "crash landing", claiming the engine detached from the left wing.

A Xiamen Air aircraft with 165 people on board veered off an airport runway in the Philippines capital of Manila shortly before midnight on Thursday (Aug 16), but there were no casualties.

Several worldwide and domestic flights have been cancelled or diverted due to the closure of the airport, which lies in a densely populated residential and commercial section of metropolitan Manila.

The plane "misapproached" on its first attempt to land and lost contact with the control tower on the second attempt and skidded upon touchdown, said Ed Monreal, the airport's general manager. Airline officials initially said the airport could be opened by noon but later extended it to four more hours. The emergency crew of the airport ground staff had initiated the evacuation of passengers.

Torrential monsoon rains enhanced by a tropical storm flooded many low-lying areas of Manila and outlying northern provinces over the weekend, displacing thousands of residents and forcing officials to shut schools and government offices.

The weather has improved but sporadic downpours have occurred.

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