MANILA - The Xiamen Air jet that went off the Ninoy Aquino International Airport's (NAIA) runway late Thursday was lifted and towed to a ramp early Saturday morning.
"As early as 2 a.m. this morning, natanggal na 'yung stalled aircraft at nalagay na sa Balabag ramp remote parking area (the stalled aircraft was removed and transferred to the Balabag remote parking area)," Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines spokesperson Eric Apolonio said in an interview on DZMM radio Saturday.
Airport authorities leased a telescopic crane and lifted the disabled aircraft, whose nose wheel and landing gear were damaged in the incident.
Apolonio said the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is still conducting clearing operations to check NAIA's runway 06/24 for foreign object debris (FOD) that could pose danger to aircraft landing or taking off.
Aviation authorities also announced further delay in the reopening of the runway until 12 noon Saturday.
"A final extension of runway closure until 12 noon today is necessary to give way for the demobilization of heavy equipment used to lift the aircraft," MIAA stated on its Facebook page.
Also on Facebook, MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal apologized to the riding public for the inconvenience that the closure has caused them.
Several flights have been cancelled, stranding thousands of local and foreign passengers at NAIA's terminals, because of the incident.