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Naia extends runway closure until 5 a.m. Saturday

/ 07:32 PM August 17, 2018

(Updated 8:38 p.m., August 17, 2018) Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) authorities extended the closure of a runway – where a Chinese plane veered off and lost an engine and a wheel after landing hard in a rainstorm – until 5:00 a.m. on Saturday.

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This was the third extension made by airport authorities following the Xiamen Air flight MF8667 mishap on Naia’s 06/24 runway on Thursday evening.

“We offer no excuses, just a promise to bring Naia flight operations back to normalcy by tomorrow using all our internal resources and if needed, employ outside resources notwithstanding the cost it will entail to MIAA,” said Eddie Monreal, general manager of the airport.

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Two mobile cranes that can carry the 43-ton paralyzed aircraft are being used in the recovery operations, according to a statement from Naia.

“While this is a positive development, mobilization process takes 3 hours and another 3 hours to demobilize,” it read.

In a press conference earlier, airport authorities said the rain-soaked grassy area hampered their recovery operations of the plane.

The following flights have been canceled as of 8:18 p.m.:

NAIA Terminal 1

  • Etihad Airways flight EY 421 (MNL-ABU DHABI)

  • Saudi Airlines flight SV 871 (MNL-JEDDAH)

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  • Hongkong Airlines flight HX 781 (HONG KONG-MNL)

  • China Airlines flight CI 711 (KHH – MNL)

  • China Airlines flight CI 712 (MNL – KHH)

  • China Airlines flight CI 704 (MNL – TPE)

  • Qatar Airways flight QR 933 (MNL – DOH

  • Eva Air flight BR 271 (TPE-MNL)

  • Eva Air flight BR 272 (MNL-TPE)

  • Asiana Airlines flight OZ 702/701 (MNL-ICN-MNL)

  • Japan Airlines flight JL 742 (MNL-NRT)

  • Malaysia Airlines flight MH 806 (KUL-MNL)

  • Turkish Airlines flight TK 84 (MNL-IST)

  • United Airlines flight UA 182/183 (MNL-GUM-MNL)

  • United Airlines flight UA 192/193 (MNL-ROR-MNL)

  • Japan Airlines flight JL 745 (NRT-MNL)

NAIA Terminal 2

Philippine Airlines

  • PR 453/454 MNL-GES-MNL

  • PR 1845/1846 MNL-CEB-MNL

  • PR 432 MNL-NRT

  • PR 408 MNL-KIX

  • PR 438 MNL-NAGOYA

  • PR 300/301 MNL-HKG-MNL

  • PR 422/421 MNL-HND-MNL

  • PR 507/508 MNL-SIN-MNL

  • PR 418/419 MNL-PUS-MNL

  • PR 1466/467 MNL-ICN-MNL

  • PR 730/731 MNL-BKK-MNL

  • TR 306/307 MNL-HKG-MNL

  • 2P 2959 MNL-CBO

  • 2P 2529/2530 MNL-CGY-MNL

  • 2P 2137/2138 MNL-ILOILO-MNL

  • 2P 2198/2199 MNL-LAO-MNL

  • 2P 277/278 MNL-TAGBILARAN-MNL

  • PR 720/721 MNL-LHR-MNL

  • PR 5453/5454 MNL-GES-MNL

  • PR 1863/1864 MNL-CEB-MNL

  • PR 468/469 MNL-ICN-MNL

  • PR 431 NRT-MNL

  • PR 407 KIX-MNL

  • PR 104 MNL-SFO

  • PR 102 MNL-LAX

  • PR 112 MNL-LAX

  • PR 1466 MNL-ICN

  • PR 336 MNL-PUG

  • PR 219 AKL-MNL

  • PR 207 MNL-MEL

  • PR 100 MNL-HNL

  • PR 211 MNL-SYD

  • PR 5301 HKG-MNL

  • PR 5306/5307 MNL-HKG-MNL

  • PR 721 LHR-MNL

Tigerair

  • 
TR 306 MNL-HKG 1435H

  • TR 307 HKG-MNL 2015H

NAIA Terminal 3

Cathay Pacific

  • 
CX 908 MNL-Hong Kong 0600H

  • 
CX 912 MNL – Hong Kong 0825H

  • 
CX 906 MNL- Hong Kong 1050H

  • 
CX 907 Hong Kong – MNL 0940H

Cebu Pacific

  • 5J 272 MNL- Hong Kong 0600H

  • 5J 273 Hong Kong – MNL 1200H

  • 5J 5054 MN – Hong Kong 0615H

  • 5J 5055 NARITA – MNL 1720H

  • 5J 929 MNL-BANGKOK 0615H

  • 5J 930 Bangkok – MNL 1445H

  • 5J 110 MNL-Hong Kong 0735H

  • 5J 111 Hong Kong- MNL 1400H

  • 5J 112 MNL-Hong Kong

  • 5J 113 Hong Kong-MNL

  • 5J 014 MNL-Dubai

  • 5J 115 Dubai-MNL

  • 5J 805 MNL-SIN 1330H

  • 5J 806 SIN-MNL 2330H

  • 5J 188 Manila-Incheon

  • 5J 187 Incheon-Manila

  • 5J 487 Manila-Bacolod

  • 5J 488 Bacolod-Manila

  • 5J 457 Manila-Iloilo

  • 5J 458 Iloilo-Manila

  • 5J 639 Manila-Puerto Princesa

  • 5J 640 Puerto Princesa-Manila

  • 5J 319 Manila-Legazpi

  • 5J 320 Legazpi-Manila

  • 5J 506 Manila-Tuguegarao

  • 5J 507 Tuguegarao-Manila

NAIA Terminal 4

AirAsia

  • Z2 329/330 MNL-TACLOBAN-MNL

  • Z2 313/314 MNL-ILOILO-MNL

  • Z2 773/774 MNL-CEBU-MNL

  • Z2 621/622 MNL-DAVAO-MNL

  • Z2 420/421 MNL-PPS-MNL

SkyJet Airlines

  • M8 713/714 MNL-BUSUANGA-MNL

The following flights have also been diverted according to Naia:

Philippine Airlines

  • 
PR 105 SAN FRANCISCO – MNL – DIVERTED TO CEBU

  • 
PR 103 LOS ANGELES – MNL – DIVERTED TO CLARK

  • 
PR 117 VANCOUVER – MNL – DIVERTED TO CEBU

  • 
PR 115 SAN FRANCISCO – MNL – DIVERTED TO CLARK

  • 
PR 119 TORONTO – MNL – DIVERTED TO CLARK

  • 
PR 655 RUH – MNL – DIVERTED TO BKK

  • 
PR 657 AUH – MNL – DIVERTED TO SAIGON

  • 
PR 683 DMM – MNL – DIVERTED TO BKK

Cebu Pacific

  • 
5J 187 Seoul Incheon – MNL – DIVERTED TO CLARK

  • 
5J 804 SIN – MNL – DIVERTED TO CLARK

Meanwhile, the following flights have been reinstated:

Cathay Pacific

  • 
CX 900 MNL – Hong Kong 1235H

  • 
CX 901 Hong Kong – MNL 1125H

 Passengers recall terrifying moment

Passengers of a plane from the Chinese plane recalled their brush with the terrifying mishap, with some of the 165 people on board expecting the worst.

The Boeing 737-800, carrying 157 passengers and eight crew from China’s coastal city of Xiamen, managed to touch down close to midnight amid a downpour after aborting an initial attempt to land due to poor visibility, according to Philippine officials, who expressed relief that a disaster was avoided.

The airliner lost contact with the tower as it rolled off the runway into a rain-soaked field, where one of the plane’s engines and wheels got ripped off before everyone onboard scrambled out through an emergency slide, the officials said.

A Filipino-American from California, Ruben Lopez Espinas, thought the plane would crash. “I surrendered myself. I said, ‘Lord, I am yours if it’s really my time,'” he said.

Chinese passenger Wang Xun Qun embraced her teen daughter during the tense moments before the aircraft landed. When asked to describe their experience, the two repeatedly said, “Scary, scary.”

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. “My palm started to sweat,” he said.

When it did land, the plane glided for about five seconds then the wing and the engine under it hit the ground, with Chen witnessing the unfolding danger from a window. “The luggage fell down and many equipment inside the plane started to fall. I also smelled heavy smoke,” he said.

Then the plane suddenly came to an abrupt stop.

Shaken by the experience and drenched by the downpour, the passengers and crew of Xiamen Air Flight 8667 were taken to an airport terminal, where they were given blankets and food before going to a hotel, airport general manager Ed Monreal and other officials said.

“With God’s blessing, all passengers and the crew were able to evacuate safely and no injuries except for about four who had some superficial scratches,” Monreal said.

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. The plane circled before finally landing near midnight but lost contact with the tower, Sydiongco said.

Investigators retrieved the plane’s flight recorder and will get the cockpit voice recorder once the aircraft has been lifted to determine the cause of the accident, Sydiongco said.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila’s main international gateway, will be closed until Saturday morning while emergency crews use a crane to try to lift the aircraft, its belly resting on the muddy ground, away from the main runway, officials said. A smaller runway for domestic flights remained open.

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 examined the aircraft. One of the detached engines and landing wheels lay a few meters (yards) away.

A Xiamen Air representative, Lin Hua Gun, said the airline will send another plane to Manila to resume the flight. The Civil Aviation of China said it was sending a team to assist in the investigation.

Nearly 80 international and domestic flights have been canceled or diverted due to the closure of the airport, which lies in a densely populated residential and commercial section of metropolitan Manila.

Torrential monsoon rains enhanced by a tropical storm flooded many low-lying areas of Manila and northern provinces last weekend, displacing thousands of residents and forcing officials to shut schools and government offices. The weather has improved with sporadic downpours. – With a report from AP

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