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Japan-bound plane veers off in NAIA runway

Japan-bound plane veers off in NAIA runway on Saturday, December 14 causing a forced 8-hour closure | Photo courtesy: AFP

A Japan-bound passenger plane veered off in the runway of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) while departing early Saturday, December 14.

In a statement released by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Jetstar plane bound for a Narita, Japan overshot the turn and caused the front and right landing gears to veer off towards the runway safety area at 2:32 AM. The plane was said to have landed onto the grass-covered ground.

All 140 passengers on board were declared safe and were brought back to Naia Terminal 1, as per the MIAA.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines then issued a notice stating that runways 13-31 were closed for operations after the said plane was placed at an aircraft maintenance center with clearing operations now in progress.

Several Manila-bound flights were diverted to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga due to the incident. Meanwhile, AirAsia has issued a statement assuring its passengers that no flights have been canceled because of the incident.

By 10:30 a.m., the plane, an Airbus A320, was moved to the Lufthansa Technik Aircraft Maintenance Center at the airport complex. Airport authorities then proceeded with clearing operations and repairs of runway lights damaged in the incident.

After half an hour, the runway was declared open.

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