Plane that veered off NAIA runway towed to hangar, clearing ops continue


Posted at Dec 14 2019 11:25 AM | Updated as of Dec 14 2019 03:56 PM

A Jetstar plane that veered off the runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has been towed to a hangar. Clearing operations at the runway are ongoing. ABS-CBN News

MANILA — A Japan-bound passenger plane that veered off the runway while departing from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) early Saturday has been moved to a hangar, airport authorities said.

As of 10:30 a.m., the Jetstar Japan  plane has been moved to the Lufthansa Technik Aircraft Maintenance Center at the airport complex, the NAIA media affairs office said in an update.

Clearing operations at the runway continue, it said.

Airport General Manager Ed Monreal said lights damaged at the runway because of the incident are also being repaired.

The incident has disrupted several early morning flights at Manila's main gateway as runway 13-31, where it happened, had to be closed. NAIA's other runway, 06-24, remained open.

As of 10 a.m. Saturday, a total of 11 flights have been delayed due to the incident. At least three flights supposed to land in Manila at the time were diverted to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

Initial reports from the Manila tower showed that Jetstar's Airbus A320 experienced runway excursion upon making a 180-degree turn for departure while taxiing and got stuck at the grassy portion.

"The incident occurred at 2:32 a.m. The MIAA Fire and Rescue and Operations teams immediately proceeded to the site to assist the passengers and crew," read a statement posted on the Facebook page of the Manila International Airport Authority.
All passengers were safe.