The moment a Chinese plane crash lands in the Philippines

Frederick Owens
August 18, 2018

Flights from Manila airport were disrupted on Friday after a Chinese passenger jet skidded off the runway while landing in torrential rain.

A Xiamen Air representative, Lin Hua Gun, said the airline will send another plane to Manila to resume the flight. It later made a second attempt.

One of the plane's engines detached from the wing after Flight MF8667 skidded off the runway.

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Four people suffered "superficial scratches" as they evacuated the Boeing 737-800 jet, which had flown to the Philippine capital from Xiamen in southeast China, he added.

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.

Amid a heavy downpour, the plane had been forced to abandon its first attempt at landing.

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

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.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila's main international gateway, will be closed most of Friday while emergency crews remove excess fuel then try to lift the aircraft, its belly resting on the muddy ground, away from the main runway, which was being cleared of debris. A smaller runway for domestic flights remained open.

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

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.

Airport authorities extended the closure of one of the runways to 4:00 pm, saying they needed more time to move the Xiamen Air plane. The weather has improved with sporadic downpours.

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