TAP – We flew into Ninoy Aquino airport, Manila yesterday at about 9 am. The wind was strong and the turbulence significant. It was not frightening as the wind was constant at that point. But it was a day when you want to get the plane on the ground, and know all was well.
Later on, however, the rain started and the typhoon came in full blast. The weather was beyond awful. No one should have been landing planes.
The pilots should have requested rerouting to Clark, just 20 minutes away, or air traffic control should have diverted the flight south to Cebu. I repeat – no one should have been landing planes in that weather. It was just a crime.
Luckily nothing exploded, and the people all survived. But why they would want to trust the Philippines or that airline again, I can’t think. Pilots unfortunately get satisfaction from landing planes in foul weather, but what about the passengers? They just don’t want to die. Divert flights away from typhoons. It’s just obvious. With Philippines air traffic control, I am not impressed. There should be an enquiry. This time they were lucky, but their decision to land that pane was still a crime.
Chinese Boeing 737 crash-lands at Manila airport
- Xiamen Airlines Flight MF8667 crash-landed at Manila‘s Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines on Thursday.
- The Boeing 737-800 skidded off the side of the runway after landing in bad weather.
- The airline said the 157 passengers and eight crew members on board the flight were safe with no injuries reported.
- Flight MF8667 was at the end of a two-and-a-half-hour flight from the southern Chinese city of Xiamen when the incident occurred.
- Tracking data indicated the crew had aborted an earlier landing attempt.
A Xiamen Airlines jet crashed while landing at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday evening.
“On August 16, 2018, Xiamen Airlines Flight MF8667 from Xiamen to Manila experienced a runway excursion while landing at Manila Airport at 23:55 Beijing time,” Xiamen Airlines said in a statement posted on Chinese social media. “The crew immediately initiated emergency evacuation procedures. All 157 passengers and eight crew on board were evacuated safely with no injuries.”
According to the Chinese news agency CTGN, the Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800 skidded off the runway during landing, causing one of the plane’s engines to detach from the wing.
Photos of the scene show the Boeing jet sitting not far from the airport’s perimeter fence. The aircraft was leaning to the left as a result of the missing engine.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, the incident occurred as the jet attempted to land in heavy thunderstorms.
The Xiamen Airlines plane was at the conclusion of a two-and-a-half-hour flight from the southern Chinese city of Xiamen when the incident reportedly took place.
Tracking data provided by FlightAware.com indicated the crew attempted to land 15 minutes before the incident but decided to abort and try again.
CGTN reported the airport’s runways were still operational.
This story is developing. Check back for updates.