Aircraft overshoots runway; passengers, crew unhurt

ALL 121 passengers and 7 crew of a Taiwan-based airline were unharmed after their aircraft overshot the Kalibo airport runway Wednesday evening.

A report from the Office of Civil Defense 6 (OCD-6) said “all 121 passengers of Far Eastern Air Transport Bravo B-28027 are safe after their aircraft experienced runway excursion around 6:02 p.m. of March 13 at Bay 1 of Kalibo International Airport.”

The seven crew are composed of two pilots, a mechanic, and 4 stewards.

Engr. Eusebio Monserate, Jr., Kalibo International Airport manager, said the aircraft was at runway O5 while manuvering for landing when one of its tires overshot.

“When landing, an aircraft does a 180-degree turn to go to the terminal holding area for the proper embarkation of passengers, pero umapaw ang isang gulong. Instead of forcing the plane back to the runway, the pilot requested for towing,” Monserate said.

He considered the incident as minor and that all 121 Taiwanese passengers – 63 males and 58 females – suffered no injuries,

The operation at the airport was temporarily stopped around 6:04 p.m. but was resumed at 7:34 p.m. after the aircraft was removed from the runway.

Monserate said a team from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)’s Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Board is set to conduct an investigation on what caused the runway excursion.

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