Airplane skids off runway at Manila airport

Airplane skids off runway at Manila airport 

A Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800 passenger plane lies on the grassy portion of the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, in Manila, Philippines, 17 August 2018. According to reports, a Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800 passenger plane from China with 157 passengers and eight crew skidded off the runway while landing at Manila’s international airport. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Manila, Aug 17 (efe-epa).- An airplane of the Chinese Xiamen Air airline on Thursday night skidded off the runway while trying to land amid a heavy downpour at the Manila international Airport, although no casualties have been reported.

All the 157 passengers and eight members of the crew are safe, the general director of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Eddie Monreal, confirmed at a press conference.

Monreal explained that the plane tried to land twice as it missed its approach, but after the second attempt the control tower lost contact with it.

The incident took place around midnight (16.00 GMT on Thursday) and appears to have been a result of heavy rains, although the actual cause is still being investigated.

The airport authorities consequently decided to extend the closure of the runway until 4pm local time (8.00 GMT), which led to the cancellation of a number of flights scheduled for this morning.

The Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 series passenger aircraft can still be seen on the side of the runway with its left wing touching the ground, according to epa-efe photographs.

The passengers and crew traveling on flight MF8667 from Xiamen to Manila have left the plane and were given food and blankets. They were then transferred to a hotel located in Terminal 1 of the airport.

Boeing delivered the aircraft to Xiamen Air in 2010 and it has flown 26,500 hours, according to Flightglobal, aviation and aerospace information website.