KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30 — An AirAsia Zest plane from Manila overshot the runway when it landed at the Kalibo airport in the Philippines amid bad weather, according to Quezon City-based GMA News today.
Nobody aboard the Zest Flight Z2 272 was injured, the report said.
According to another report by news portal Rappler, passengers had to disembark using the emergency slide at the back of the Airbus A320 plane.
Rappler said the flight was scheduled to depart from Manila at 3.10 pm but was delayed up to two hours, after another Cebu Pacific flight to Kalibo was forced to turn back to Manila earlier.
“Engine was shut immediately, we were told to leave bags, deplane asap. Firetruck was waiting. Seems handled well,” said Jet Damazo-Santos, a Rappler reporter who was aboard the plane, on her Twitter account @jetdsantos.
Another AirAsia Zest plane en route to Busan, South Korea, had previously skidded on Kalibo’s runway in December last year.
AirAsia Zest is an affiliate of Philippines AirAsia, which owns 85 per cent of its share. Malaysian AirAsia Bhd owns 40 per cent of Philippines AirAsia.
Today’s incident occurred just as searchers discovered debris and bodies from Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501, which had dropped off Jakarta’s radar on Sunday during bad weather.