AirAsia flight overshoots runway in Philippines, no reported injuries

An AirAsia plane overshot the runway at Kalibo International Airport near Boracay, a popular Philippine tourist destination, on Tuesday evening. -- PHOTO: TWITTER/@JETDSANTOS
An AirAsia plane overshot the runway at Kalibo International Airport near Boracay, a popular Philippine tourist destination, on Tuesday evening. -- PHOTO: TWITTER/@JETDSANTOS

SINGAPORE - An AirAsia plane overshot the runway at Kalibo International Airport near Boracay, a popular Philippine tourist destination, on Tuesday evening.

Several posts on social media showed emergency slides being deployed from the Airbus A320 plane, which appeared to have come to a halt on a grassy field.

Passenger Jet Damazo-Santos tweeted at 5.50pm: "Just landed in Kalibo on an AirAsia flight that overshot runway"

The Filippino journalist posted several photos on Twitter and also said that no one seemed to be hurt. Flight Z2272, which originated from Manila, was operated by AirAsia Zest, an affiliate of Philippines AirAsia.

"Weather was bad because of #senangph Plane came to a very abrupt stop," she said, referring to tropical storm Seniang.

"Engine was shut immediately, we were told to leave bags, deplane asap. Firetruck was waiting. Seems handled well," she added.

The flight was scheduled to depart at around 4.15pm on Tuesday, but was was delayed by almost two hours due to bad weather.

Singaporean Mr Willie Tan, who was on the flight, posted photos of the evacuation on his Facebook account. He captioned the images: "Emergency landing OMG Airasia!!!".

Mr Tan also posted a video in which a man can be heard saying: "The air stewardess very courageous leh, still standing there."

 

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The latest incident comes amid news that debris and bodies from Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 were spotted and are being recovered.

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