Xiamen Air Passenger Jet Skids Off Runway In Manila, No Casualties

Xiamen Air passenger jet skids off runway in Manila no casualtiesMore

Xiamen Air passenger jet skids off runway in Manila no casualtiesMore

The Boeing 737-800, carrying 157 passengers and eight crew from China's coastal city of Xiamen, managed to touch down close to midnight amid a downpour after aborting an initial attempt to land due to poor visibility, according to Philippine officials, who expressed relief that a disaster was avoided.

A Xiamen Air representative, Lin Hua Gun, said the airline will send another plane to Manila to resume the flight.

A runway for smaller aircraft was kept open, but the authorities said the accident delayed thousands of passengers, including holidaymakers travelling ahead of a long weekend.

The left engine of Boeing passenger plane from China, a Xiamen Air, sits several meters away on the grassy portion of the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after it skidded off the runway while landing Friday.

Xiamen Airlines Flight MF8667 crash-landed at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines on Thursday night.

The aircraft suffered visible damage to its landing gear and one of its engines was detached from the wing.

Flights from the Middle East and the United States were diverted to the global airport at Clark, north of Manila, and to the central island of Cebu. "The crew immediately initiated emergency evacuation procedures".

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A spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority said on Friday morning that the plane had yet to be towed off the main runway, but its flight data recorder, or block box, had already been handed to investigators.

The airport's general director, Eddie Monreal, said at a press conference that the plane tried to land twice but after the second attempt, the control tower lost contact with it.

"With God's blessings all passengers were able to evacuate safely", Monreal said, adding the cause of the incident was under investigation.

The main runway at Manila's worldwide airport would remain closed until 5 a.m. on Saturday (2100 GMT on Friday) to allow for more time to remove the plane, authorities said.

The plane was still resting on its belly near the end of the airport's main runway on Friday, hours after the accident which occurred late on Thursday evening.

China's Xiamen Air has had an exemplary track record of safe operations since the 2000s.

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