Black box data indicates human error caused skidding of Chinese plane in NAIA

Workers try to remove a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 from the tarmac after it skidded off at the runway of Ninoy Aquino International airport in Paranaque, Metro Manila, in the Philippines, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

It was a human error that caused the skidding of a Chinese passenger plane at the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on August 16.

According to sources of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), this was the result of the data recorded by the black box of Boeing 737-800 of Chinese airline Xiamen Air, which was decoded in Singapore.

There was allegedly no problem with the aircraft before it made an emergency landing in the runway of NAIA.

However, the flight data recorder showed that the plane was not aligned to the centerline of NAIA runway 06-24 when it was being landed by Korean pilot Kwon Cheol Suang.

The aircraft deviated four to six meters away from the centerline that caused the plane to steer left and damage its landing gear and engine, which fell in the runway.

READ: Xiamen Air plane skids off Philippine runway, disrupting flights

The recent NAIA mishap paralyzed the operations of the NAIA runway for 36 hours and caused the cancellation and the delay of hundreds of flights, while thousands of passengers got stranded.


In line with the recent incident and how it affected thousands of passengers, both houses in Congress have conducted their separate legislative investigation to determine who will be liable and prevent the same incident from happening in the future.


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