Flight MF8667 from Xiamen, China, reportedly circled Manila for about one hour before aborting landing. On its second landing attempt, the Boeing 737-800 skidded off the runway, causing one of the plane’s engines to detach from the wing, Chinese news agency CTGN reported.
“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,” XiamenAir 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.”
Boeing 737-800, landing after a flight from Xiamen “went off the runway during a heavy downpour”, said Connie Bungag, the officer in charge of Manila International Airport Authority’s (MIAA) public affairs office, said. “We are still determining how it happened.”
Xiamen Air is a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines.
“All 157 passengers and eight crew were evacuated without injuries, according to XiamenAir,” Boeing said in a statement, adding it was closely monitoring the situation.
Philippine airport authorities said the passengers of Xiamen flight 8667 would be brought to a hotel near Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which services international flights to the country.