AirAsia plane over­shoots Philip­pine run­way

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

An AirAsia Zest plane car­ry­ing 159 peo­ple over­shot the run­way and got stuck in a muddy field Tues­day at an in­ter­na­tional air­port in the cen­tral Philip­pines after land­ing from Manila in windy weather, of­fi­cials said. There were no re­ports of in­juries.

Crew mem­bers l aunched emer­gency slides to help pas­sen­gers dis­em­bark from the Air­bus A320- 200 after it skid­ded off the run­way in the re­sort town of Kal­ibo in Ak­lan prov­ince be­fore night­fall, Gio­vanni Hon­tomin, who is in charge of AirAsia Zest’s op­er­a­tions, said by phone.

Ini­tial re­ports in­di­cated that three of the plane’s tires got stuck in the mud, said Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of the Philip­pines spokesman Eric Apolo­nio. He said the busy air­port would be closed to air traf­fic un­til the stalled air­craft, which likely sus­tained some dam­age, is towed away from near the run­way’s end.

A trop­i­cal storm has set off land­slides and flash floods in the south­ern and cen­tral Philip­pines, leav­ing at least 31 peo­ple dead and seven miss­ing, of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

Kal­ibo town, 350 kilo­me­ters (217 miles) south of Manila, is a busy gate­way to the Bo­ra­cay beach re­sort, a popular tourist des­ti­na­tion.

The ac­ci­dent came after an AirAsia plane crashed into the Java Sea on Sun­day dur­ing a flight from In­done­sia to Sin­ga­pore with 162 peo­ple on board. Bloated bod­ies and de­bris were seen float­ing in In­done­sian wa­ters Tues­day.

It also came two days after another in­ci­dent in­volv­ing an AirAsia Zest plane. On Sun­day, a jet op­er­ated by the car­rier de­vel­oped a tire prob­lem in the cen­tral Philip­pine city of Tag­bi­la­ran while its 184 pas­sen­gers and crew were board­ing, prompt­ing the air­line to can­cel the flight to Manila, of­fi­cials said.

The Air­bus A320 air­craft’s tire was later fixed, al­low­ing it to re­sume its flight to the Philip­pine cap­i­tal Mon­day morn­ing. No rea­son was given for the prob­lem.

Bud­get car­rier AirAsia Zest is partly owned by AirAsia Philip­pines.

AP

An AirAsia pas­sen­ger plane sits on the grassy por­tion of a run­way after over­shoot­ing upon land­ing in windy weather at Kal­ibo air­port in Ak­lan prov­ince in the Philip­pines on Tues­day, Dec. 30.

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