Xiamen Airlines officials to arrive in PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 10) — Government authorities said Xiamen Airlines officials will be in the country on September 12 to 14, after formal invitation from a Senate committee to further discuss their liability and the result of the investigation.

The Senate Committee on Public Affairs concluded Monday its investigation on the Xiamen Air incident, hoping to come up with recommendations soon.

Xiamen Airlines flight MF8667 skidded off Ninoy Aquino International Airport's runway on August 18, causing widespread flight delays and affecting thousands of passengers.

Aviation officials said while the cockpit voice recorder is already in their custody, they have yet to issue the result of an initial investigation, pending consultations with Xiamen Air, the pilot of flight MF8667, and the Civil Aviation Authority of China among others.

Airport officials said damage from the incident has reached more than ₱100 million, but airport and transportation officials are liable, as well in providing disservice to the hundreds of thousands of affected passengers.

Sen. Grace Poe, chairperson of the Senate's Public Services Committee said, "Oo, may pagkukulang ang mga airlines at airport management dito. Malaki ang pagkukulang nila."

[Translation: Yes, the airlines and airport management had great lapses.]