Passenger Plane Overshoots Runway At Busy Airport

Story ByLee BullenSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report

A passenger plane with 121 people on board has overshot the runway at a busy international airport and ended up in a grassy wasteland.

The incident took place at the Kalibo International Airport in central Philippines after the Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) flight departed from the Taiwanese capital Taipei.

Kalibo is one of two airports that offer flights to the popular resort of Boracay, a small island known for its golden beaches and clear waters.

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Eric Apolonio, spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), said that the incident took place just after 6am and the 121 passengers and seven cabin crew members on board were unharmed.

According to reports, the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 plane overshot the runway upon landing and ended up in a grassy area.

Emergency workers reacted quickly and towed the Taiwanese aircraft from the far end of the runway to the hangars at the other side of the airport.

After a lengthy period of disruption, the airport’s normal operations resumed at around 7.30pm, according to local media.

Meanwhile, the CAAP’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Inquiry Board (AAIIB) is investigating the incident to establish whether any safety protocols were violated.

The probe is ongoing.

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