Saudi jetliner veers off Philippine runway

MANILA (AFP) - A Saudi Arabian Airlines jetliner veered off the runway at the Philippines' main international airport on Tuesday, causing a delay in at least 11 flights, airport officials said.

None of the 298 passengers on the Boeing 747-400 plane were hurt after the landing gear got stuck in mud near the runway, but fire and rescue teams had to lift it out and tow it away, said airport spokeswoman Jen Franco.

The plane was making a turn on the runway, preparing to take off for Riyadh when the mishap occurred.

Airport officials were blaming the incident on "technical problems," she said.

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