A Chinese Boeing 737 has reportedly crash landed at Manila International Airport

Chinese passenger plane with 165 people skids off runway in Manila

Chinese passenger plane with 165 people skids off runway in Manila

The incident happened at 11:55 p.m., when Xiamen Air flight MF8667 "went off the runway during heavy downpour", the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) MIAA and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said in a joint statement released Friday morning.

There were no casualties and all 157 passengers and eight crew aboard the Boeing 737-800 were unharmed, according to airport authorities and Xiamen Air.

The plane "misapproached" on its first attempt to land and lost contact with the control tower on the second attempt and skidded upon touchdown, said Ed Monreal, the airport's general manager.

Data from tracking website FlightRadar24 confirms the plane circled for some time, then came in to land, with the final flight path appearing to veer off the runway.

"We have no reports yet of injuries but the passengers were all drenched", said Eric Apolonio, a spokesman of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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The runway for smaller aircraft remained open, but the authorities said the accident has delayed thousands of passengers, including holidaymakers travelling ahead of a long weekend.

TV footage showed the plane slightly tilting to the left, its left badly damaged wing touching the ground and its landing wheels not readily visible as emergency personnel, many in orange overalls, examined and surrounded the aircraft. One of the detached engines and landing wheels lay a few meters (yards) away.

A Xiamen Air representative, Lin Hua Gun, said the airline will send another plane to Manila to resume the flight.

Runways at the airport were closed and several flights cancelled while many inbound flights were diverted to other airports located in Clark, Pampanga and Cebu City.

Hundreds of stranded passengers jammed one of the three airport terminals due to flight cancellations and diversions.

The weather has improved but sporadic downpours have occurred.

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