Plane From Taiwan Slides Off Runway In Central Philippines

MANILA, Philippines, March 14 (NNN-PNA) – A plane from Taiwan slid off the runway of an airport in central Philippine province of Aklan on Wednesday night, prompting airport authorities to temporarily halt the operation for over an hour, as they remove the aircraft from the only runway.

All 122 passengers and crew aboard the Far Eastern Air Transport are safe.

Spokesman of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Eric Apolonio, said, the accident occurred around 6.00 p.m. local time while the plane was making a turn to the terminal, when one of its tires accidentally hit soft spot in the grassy area off the runway.

Apolonio said, the passengers were safely assisted off the plane before emergency airport responders towed the aircraft.

Other flights had been delayed because of the incident, he said, adding that, operations went back to normal at around 7:30 p.m. local time.

The passengers were all holidaymakers bound for the Boracay island resort, the Philippines’ premier island-beach resort in the centre of the country.– NNN-PNA