- A Xiamen Airlines plane veered off the runway in a crash-landing at Manila Airport on Thursday night. Its left engine and wheel was ripped off during the process.
- The aircraft appeared to have “bounced” in a hard landing before leaving the tarmac, the Philippines Civil Aviation Authority said.
- The pilot had to navigate heavy rains and poor visibility.
- None of the passengers and crew on board were seriously hurt.
A Chinese plane that crash-landed at a Philippines airport on Thursday night lost its left engine and a wheel before skidding to a halt.
The Xiamen Airlines plane veered off an airport runway at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport amid heavy rains and poor visibility at 11:55 p.m. local time. No passengers or crew were seriously hurt.
The Boeing 737-800 had landed on its second attempt before skidding off the runway, Channel News Asia reported, citing airport general manager Ed Monreal.
The aircraft appeared to have “bounced” in a hard landing before veering off the tarmac and rolling toward a grassy area with its lights off, the Associated Press reported, citing Philippines Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Eric Apolonio.
The video below, published by Bloomberg, shows the detached left engine lying feet away from the plane as airport staff recovered the damage. The plane is leaning on its left due to missing an engine.
LOOK: Parts of the Xiamen Air plane lie in pieces at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport. All passengers and crew are reported safe, but one of the aircraft's engines had broken off during the landing #tictocnews pic.twitter.com/pwHcvE5gZL
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) August 17, 2018
The jet had failed to land on its first attempt, apparently due to poor visibility that may have hampered the pilot’s view of the runway, aviation authority director-general Jim Sydiongco said, according to the AP. It made a circle before landing on its second attempt but lost contact with the airport tower, Sydiongco added.
There were no serious injuries among the 165 passengers and crew on board the Boeing 737-800. Four people suffered “superficial scratches” while evacuating the plane, Channel News Asia reported.
The crash-landing took place toward the end of a two-and-a-half hour flight from Xiamen, southern China.
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