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Passenger captures panic as plane skids off runway in Philippines

Passenger captures panic as plane skids off runway in Philippines

Air Live reported that the flight, numbered MF8667, reached Manila an hour before the scheduled landing.

A Xiamen Airlines flight from Xiamen to Manila has crash landed at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport, skidding off the runway while landing in stormy conditions.

"Everyone is safe but they had to use the emergency chute because it was muddy", he said, adding the incident occurred in heavy rain.

The Boeing passenger plane from China skidded off a runway while landing in a downpour and its 157 passengers and eight crew members were evacuated on an emergency slide, officials said.

An investigation is under way, he said.

Airport officials said they were looking at several factors, including the bad weather at the time of the incident and communications between the pilot and control tower.

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TV footage showed the plane slightly tilting to the left, its left badly damaged wing touching the ground and its landing wheels not readily visible as emergency personnel, many in orange overalls, examined and surrounded the aircraft. After rounding over the airport for almost an hour, the plane attempted landing at 15:55 UTC, when the accident was reported.

The disruption caused by the accident led to chaotic scenes at Ninoy Aquino airport on Friday, as travellers waited in long queues outside the terminals and at check-in desks.

A Xiamen Air representative, Lin Hua Gun, said the airline will send another plane to Manila to resume the flight. Airline officials initially said the airport could be opened by noon but later extended it to four more hours.

A total of 133 flights were canceled in all 4 terminals while 10 were diverted to Clark, Cebu, Bangkok in Thailand, and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco are personally overseeing the recovery and clearing operations of the runway.

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.


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