Plane bound for Japan veers off Naia runway
MANILA, Philippines — A plane bound for Japan veered off a runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) while preparing for take-off in the early hours of Saturday.
A statement released by the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) said the Jetstar Japan flight GK40 bound for Narita overshot the turn, causing the front and right landing gears to veer off towards the runway safety area at 2:32 a.m.
An earlier statement by the Miaa identified the involved aircraft as a Jetstar Asia plane.
All 140 passengers on board were declared safe and were brought back to Naia Terminal 1, the Miaa added.
As of 10:30 a.m., the Miaa said the plane is now at an aircraft maintenance center and clearing operations are now in progress.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, meanwhile, issued a notice stating that runways 13-31 were closed for operations because of the incident.
During the time of the incident, Miaa said three Manila-bound flights were diverted to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga:
Cebu Pacific flight 5J269 from Xiamen
Cebu Pacific flight 5J580 from Cebu
Air Asia flight Z2889 from Seoul
Due to the incident, Cebu Pacific also issued an advisory saying the following flights were have been canceled:
5J901 Manila-Caticlan (Boracay)
5J902 Caticlan (Boracay)-Manila
5J379 Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)
5J380 Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila
Meanwhile, AirAsia, has issued a statement assuring its passengers that no flights have been cancelled because of the incident.
As of 10 a.m., a total of 11 flights have been delayed due to the incident, the Miaa said.
Edited by MUF
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