48 flights cancelled at NAIA after plane overshoots runway
At least 48 flights, including 16 plying the Hong Kong-Manila route, were cancelled today at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after a passenger plane overshot the runway, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said.
The MIAA said the flights were cancelled because they had to close NAIA international runway 06/24 after Xiamen Airlines flight MF8667 skidded of the runway before midnight on Thursday.
MIAA said the cancelled flights as of 10:28 a.m. going to and from Hong Kong included: Hog Kong Airlines flight HX 781; Philippine Airlines flights PR 300, PR 301, PR 422; Tiger Air flights TR 306 and TR 307; Cathay Pacific flights CX 908, CX 912, CX 907; and Cebu Pacific flights 5J 272, 5J 273, and 5J 5054, 5J 110, 5J 111, 5J 112, and 5J 113.
A total of 157 passengers and crew members on board Xiamen Airlines flight were brought to safety after the aircraft overshot the runway upon landing due to heavy downpour before midnight on Thursday.
MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said all passengers were evacuated using the aircraft’s emergency chute and were brought to NAIA Terminal 1, where they were provided with blankets and food by the airline and airport personnel. They were later brought to a nearby hotel.
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco, Accident Investigation Inquiry Board (AIIB) chief Rainer Baculinao and Monreal rushed to the site to assess the situation and coordinated with airline officials, while supervising the recovery and clearing operations.
CAAP spokesperson Eric Aplonio said a notice to airmen was issued after Xiamen Airlines flight MF8667, a Boeing B737 aircraft, overshot the runway upon landing at 11:55 pm on Thursday.
Due to the incident, international flights were affected and NAIA’s international runway 06/24 was closed until 7:00 p.m. today (August 18).
MIAA Fire and Rescue, Medical, Operations, Safety and Airport police teams were dispatched to the stalled aircraft at the grassy area near perimeter road, in front of CNS- ATM antenna site, and they brought all passengers to safety.
CAAP Aircraft Accident Investigating Bureau members were also dispatched to the site to determine the cause of the accident.
Passengers of affected flights are advised to closely coordinate with their airlines for announcements.
They may also check with NAIA flight information at these numbers: Terminal 1 (8771109 loc 765 and 2852) Terminal 2 (8771109 loc 2882 and 2880) Terminal 4 (8771109 loc 4226) Terminal 3 (8777888 loc 8144 and 8146) or call NAIA hotline 8771111.