Flight delays at Manila airport after plane skids off runway


A plane from China skidded off a runway at Manila's airport while landing in a downpour near midnight then got stuck in a muddy field with one engine and wheel ripped off before its 157 passengers and eight crew scrambled out through an emergency slide, officials said Friday.

Philippine airport authorities said the passengers of Xiamen flight 8667 would be brought to a hotel near Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which services international flights to the country.

The plane had circled Manila for about an hour before landing during a heavy storm.

Flight tracking website Airlive reports that flight MF8667 circled for some time near the airport before attempting a landing, and aborting it.

Thousands of air travelers faced delays on Friday after a Chinese airliner skidded off the runway at the airport in the Philippine capital, disrupting more than 200 flights as authorities struggled to remove the damaged plane.

Chinese passenger Wang Xun Qun embraced her teen daughter during the tense moments before the aircraft landed.

The main runway at Manila's global 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.

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The plane failed to land at first apparently due to poor visibility that may have hindered the pilots' view of the runway, Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Jim Sydiongco told reporters.

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

TV footage showed the plane slightly tilting to the left, its left wing touching the ground and its landing wheels not readily visible as emergency personnel, many in orange overalls, examined and surrounded the aircraft.

The flight from Xiamen, China, aborted one landing after circling Manila for about an hour in the early hours of Friday.

As a result of the suspension of operations at the NAIA worldwide runaway, which will remain in effect until 4 pm, several flights were diverted to the Clark global Airport in Pampanga.

The airport will remain open because the other runway can still be used, according to the source. You can also check this thread for cancelled flights. The weather has improved with sporadic downpours.