SIA flight veers off runway at Yangon

Manpower Minister Tan Chuan Jin, who was on the flight, said on his Facebook page that it was "the hardest landing I've ever experienced". -- SCREENGRAB: CHUAN-JIN TAN / FACEBOOK
Manpower Minister Tan Chuan Jin, who was on the flight, said on his Facebook page that it was "the hardest landing I've ever experienced". -- SCREENGRAB: CHUAN-JIN TAN / FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - A Singapore Airlines plane veered off the runway when it landed at Yangon on Wednesday. The SQ998 flight operating on Airbus A330 had encountered heavy rain at Yangon International Airport in Myanmar.

It "veered slightly off the runway on landing, before being steered safely back to the runway", said a Singapore Airlines spokesman.

The aircraft was towed to the gate and passengers disembarked normally, she added.

Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, who was on the flight, said on his Facebook page that it was "the hardest landing I've ever experienced".

In a note, Mr Tan said the cabin crew were "very professional and reassuring despite the situation". The airlines then sent a replacement plane to Yangon to operate the return SQ997 flight back to Singapore.