NAIA runway closure extended until 5 a.m. Saturday after plane skids off

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 17) — The main runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will remain closed until 5 a.m. on Saturday as authorities struggle to remove a plane that skidded off the runway.

This was announced by airport authorities Friday night, after earlier expressing hopes the runway could be operational by 7 p.m.

More flights may be canceled or diverted from the NAIA because of the closure. Airport officials earlier identified more than 60 canceled flights.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said it has rented two telescopic boom cranes to remove the aircraft as the soft soil hampers extraction operations. MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal explained their lifting bags failed to lift the plane that landed on a grassy area.

He said there were "slight improvements" as of 4 p.m. "Natanggal na yung mga bagahe. At least makakabawas sa timbang pag hinatak (The luggage has been removed. This would at least decrease the weight of the aircraft)."

A Xiamen Airlines aircraft went off the runway during heavy downpour around 11:55 p.m. Thursday. All 157 passengers and crew of the flight were evacuated safely, MIAA said.

Monreal said the incident was a "misapproach," saying the plane attempted to land twice. On the second try, Monreal said the plane lost contact with the NAIA airport tower.

Officials from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) are probing the incident, including the possible liability of the pilot. CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco refused to name the pilot. Chinese counterparts are expected to help in the probe.

CAAP also apologized to thousands of affected passengers. Monreal said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered them to "open the runway safe" for the public.

Here is the list of canceled flights as of Friday night:

Terminal 1

Asiana Airlines

OZ 702/701 MNL-Seoul-MNL

Etihad Airlines

EY 421 Manila - Abu Dhabi 2336H

Eva Air

BR 271 Taipei-MNL

BR 272 MNL-Taipei

Saudia Airlines

SV 871 Manila - Jeddah 1810H

Hongkong Airlines

HX 781 Hong Kong- Manila 2300H

China Airlines

CI 711 Kaohsiung- Manila 0910H

CI 712 Manila - Kaohsiung 1000H

Qatar Airways

QR 933 MNL-Doha

Terminal 2

Philippine Airlines

PR 453 MNL-GES 0715H

PR 454 GES-MNL 1215H

PR 1845 MNL-CEB 0655H

PR 1846 CEB-MNL 1010H

PR 432 MNL-TOKYO 1440H

PR 408 MNL - Osaka Kansai 1355H

PR 438 MNL - NAGOYA 1355H

2P 2959 MNL - CD0 0715H

PR 300 MNL-HKG 0755H

PR 301 HKG-MNL 1330H

PR 422 MNL-HKG 1330H

PR 421 HND-MNL 0825H

PR 507 MNL-SIN 0955H

PR 508 SIN-MNL 1830H

PR 418 MNL-PUS 1955H

PR 419 PUS-MNL 2345H

PR 1466 MNL-ICN 2345H

PR 467 ICN-MNL 1110H

PR 730 MNL-BKK 0945H

PR 731 BKK-MNL 1800H

Tiger Airways

TR 306 MNL-HKG 1435H

TR 307 HKG-MNL 2015H

Terminal 3

Cathay Pacific

CX 908 MNL-Hong Kong 0600H

CX 912 MNL - Hong Kong 0825H

CX 906 MNL-Hong Kong 1050H

CX 907 Hong Kong - MNL 0940H

Cebu Pacific

5J 272 MNL- Hong Kong 0600H

5J 273 Hong Kong - MNL 1200H

5J 5054 MN - Hong Kong 0615H

5J 5055 NARITA - MNL 1720H

5J 929 MNL-BANGKOK 0615H

5J 930 Bangkok - MNL 1445H

5J 110 MNL-Hong Kong 0735H

5J 111 Hong Kong- MNL 1400H

5J 112 MNL-Hong Kong

5J 113 Hong Kong-MNL

5J 114 MNL-Dubai

5J 115 Dubai-MNL

5J 805 MNL-SIN 1330H

5J 806 SIN-MNL 2330H

5J 188 Manila-Incheon

5J 187 Incheon-Manila

5J 487 Manila-Bacolod

5J 488 Bacolod-Manila

Terminal 4


Z2 329/330 MNL-Tacloban-MNL

Z2 313/314 MNL-Iloilo-MNL

Z2 773/774 MNL-Cebu-MNL

Z2 621/622 MNL-Davao-MNL


M8 713/714 MNL-Busuanga-MNL

Meanwhile, the following flights will be diverted to the Clark International Airport:

Cebu Pacific

5J 804 Singapore-Manila

5J 187 Incheon-Manila

Philippine Airlines

PR 103 Los Angeles - Manila

PR 115 San Francisco - Manila

PR 119 Toronto - Manila

PR 113 Los Angeles - Manila

PR 419 Busan - Manila

PR 469 Seoul - Manila

PR 210 Melbourne - Manila

These flights will be diverted to the Mactan Cebu International Airport:

Philippine Airlines

PR 115 San Francisco - Manila

PR 117 Vancouver - Manila

PR 219 Aukland - Manila

The following flights will be diverted to the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand:

PR 655 Riyadh Saudi Arabia - Manila

PR 683 Dammam Saudi Arabia - Manila

Two Philippine Airlines flights will be diverted to the Saigon airport in Vietnam:

PR 657 Abu Dhabi - Manila

PR 659 Dubai - Manila

One Philippine Airlines flight will be diverted to the Hong Kong International Airport: PR 721 London - Manila.

Meanwhile the following flights were reinstated:

Cathay Pacific

CX 900 MNL - Hong Kong 1235H

CX 901 Hong Kong - MNL 1125H

CX 906 MNL- Hong Kong 1050H

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