Plane skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel

Xiamen Air passenger jet skids off runway in Manila no casualtiesMore

Xiamen Air passenger jet skids off runway in Manila no casualtiesMore

A Boeing 737-800 flight of Xiamen Airlines crash-landed at Manila airport on Thursday. "Passengers of affected flights are advised to closely coordinate with their airlines for announcements", the authorities said in a statement.

Local television network ABS-CBN later aired photos of a group it said were passengers from the flight wrapped in blankets as they lined up inside the passenger terminal.

The Boeing 737-800, carrying 157 passengers and eight crew from China's coastal city of Xiamen, managed to touch down close to midnight amid a downpour after aborting an initial attempt to land due to poor visibility, according to Philippine officials, who expressed relief that a disaster was avoided.

As of press time, the disabled 66-ton aircraft has remained an obstacle during the last 12 hours on runway 06-24, preventing the landing and takeoff of all flights.

The airport's global runway was expected to be closed until about noon Friday (local time) and airlines were notified of the closure, officials said.

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Chinese passenger Wang Xun Qun embraced her teen daughter during the tense moments before the aircraft landed.

Investigators retrieved the plane's flight recorder and will get the cockpit voice recorder once the aircraft has been lifted to determine the cause of the accident, Sydiongco said.

TV footage showed the plane slightly tilting to the left, its left wing touching the ground and its landing wheels not readily visible as emergency personnel, many in orange overalls, examined and surrounded the aircraft.

The specific cause of the incident is still under investigation.

The aircraft is still resting on its belly near the end of the airport's main runway where it came to a stop after the accident.

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Xiamen Air is a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines.

There were fears the accident and runway closure may create more chaos at Manila's most important aviation gateway, as since this week typhoons and flooding had already wreaked havoc on the airport's operations.

Some 112 global and domestic flights were canceled and another 118 flights delayed following the accident, based on initial lists from airlines.

Some of the thousands of stranded passengers after flights were cancelled.

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