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Passenger captures panic as plane skids off runway in Philippines

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 Aug. 17 2018 in suburban Pasa Passenger captures panic as plane skids off runway in Philippines
Melinda Barton | 18 August, 2018, 13:32

A passenger plane operated by China's Xiamen Air veered off a rain-soaked runway after landing at Manila's main airport, disrupting flight schedules on Friday due to a temporary runway closure, officials said.

"We have no reports yet of injuries but the passengers were all drenched", said Eric Apolonio, a spokesman of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

All 157 passengers and eight crew aboard the Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 were unharmed after the accident late on Thursday, according to the airline and airport officials.

Chen Lei, who was on the plane with friends, said the plane touched down but pulled up steeply in a 90-degree angle a few seconds after it aborted the first landing.

Philippine airport authorities are still investigating the incident. The aircraft's lights went out and the tower lost contact with the plane.

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.

A Chinese passenger jet slid off the runway as it landed at Manila airport in torrential rain, authorities said Friday, with all 165 people on board safely evacuated. The passengers were able to evacuate the area and investigators were on-site to determine the cause of the accident. A smaller runway for domestic flights remained open.

There were fears the accident and runway closure may create more chaos at Manila's most important aviation gateway, as since this week typhoons and flooding had already wreaked havoc on the airport's operations.

A Xiamen Airlines jet crashed while landing at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday night.

Pirro, who is from Shanghai, was travelling on-board the China Xiamen Airlines MF8667 flight and started to film on her mobile phone as the plane came in to land. Dozens of worldwide flights were cancelled or either returned or were diverted elsewhere in the region, officials said.

The weather has improved but sporadic downpours have occurred.