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Some hurt as PAL plane misses Butuan runway

October 26, 2007 7:41am
(Updated 12:53 p.m.) A Philippine Airlines (PAL) plane with 148 passengers on board overshot the airport runway as it made its landing in Butuan City in Mindanao early Friday. Several were reported injured in the incident.

According to a Mrs. Rainelle Ayonayon, one of the passengers hurt, the incident also damaged her baggage.

She also said that her 7-year-old daughter, Jesha, and brother Reiner Salas, 37, were also hurt.

Salas estimated that at least twenty passengers, including one PAL pilot, were hurt and some were brought to different hospitals in the city proper some eight kilometers from Barangay
Bancasi where Butuan City Airport is located.

The report came hours after PAL spokesman Rolando Estabillo said that no one was hurt in the incident although he added that the PAL A-320 Airbus flight PR-475 may have sustained damage.

"Malamang ma-delay ang pabalik sa Manila. Titingnan natin kung kailangang ma-cancel (The flight will be delayed in its return flight to Manila. We're still assessing if we should cancel the return flight to Manila)," Estabillo said in an interview on dzBB radio.

He said the accident occurred at about 6:07 a.m., as the plane from Manila landed at the Butuan City airport. The plane, which left Manila at 5:05 a.m., overshot the airport's Runway 30.

It was manned by Capt. FJ Santos, while FR Balinghasay served as co-pilot, reports said.

Estabillo said, however, that the plane's passengers still managed to disembark from the plane. "Walang nasaktan (No one was hurt)," he said.

The plane was still at the runway as of 8:30 a.m. Authorities have decided to temporary stop air traffic at the airport. - GMANews.TV