Chinese passenger plane with 165 people skids off runway in Manila

Chinese passenger plane with 165 people skids off runway in Manila

Passenger Plane Slides Off Runway In Heavy Rain

Neither Manila Airport nor Xiamen Airlines were immediately available for comment.

According to the Chinese news agency, the Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800 skidded off the runway during landing, causing one of the plane's engines to detach from the wing.

Xiamen Air is a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines.

A passenger has filmed from inside a Xiamen Airlines jet as it crashed while landing at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines.

Philippine airport authorities said the passengers of Xiamen flight 8667 will be brought to a hotel near Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which services international flights to the country.

Monreal said the airport was not able to extract the content of the flight recorder, which would be sent to Singapore for investigation. After rounding over the airport for almost an hour, the plane attempted landing at 15:55 UTC, when the accident was reported.

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"Everyone is safe but they had to use the emergency chute because it was muddy", Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines spokesman Eric Apolonio said.

Investigators retrieved the plane's flight recorder and will get the cockpit voice recorder to determine the cause of the accident, he said. A smaller runway for domestic flights remained open, officials said.

Several worldwide and domestic flights have been cancelled or diverted due to the closure of the airport, which lies in a densely populated residential and commercial section of metropolitan Manila.

Hundreds of stranded passengers jammed one of the three airport terminals due to flight cancellations and diversions.

Airport general manager Ed Monreal said that the plane had landed on its second attempt before skidding onto the grass and ripping off its left engine.

The weather has improved but sporadic downpours have occurred.

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