Manila, Philippines – A few minutes before midnight, amid a downpour, Xiamen Air Flight MF8667 skidded off the runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Based on information provided by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), all 157 passengers and 8 crew members are safe.
Personnel from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Aircraft Accident Investigating Bureau are at the accident area to start the probe on the incident.
The passengers were led out of the plane with the use of an emergency chute and brought to the NAIA Terminal 1 where they were given food and blankets.
The passengers are now billeted at a nearby hotel.
MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal and CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco coordinated with Xiamen Airline officials as they supervised the recovery and clearing operations.
Due to the incident, the NAIA International Runway 06/24 has been closed and may be reopened by noontime on Friday.
The airline companies have been informed of the runway closure and passengers who will be affected were advised to coordinate with their respective airlines.
Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific has announced that the following flights have been cancelled:
- 5J 272 Manila-Hong Kong
- 5J 929 Manila-Bangkok
- 5J 5054 Manila – Narita
- 5J 110 Manila-Hong Kong
The following inbound flights have been diverted to the Clark International Airport:
- 5J 804 Singapore-Manila
- 5J 187 Incheon-Manila
The airline company also announced that passengers on the divereted flights will be taken by bus to Manila.
“The closure of the main NAIA runway will affect operations of our large wide-body aircraft. Our operations will be disrupted today and may cause severe delay of other flights,” the company said.
“We will provide regular updates on our flight schedules today. Our priority is to ensure the safety of our passengers and to manage the flight disruptions.”