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Saudia plane veers off NAIA runway

A Saudia Airlines plane from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia veered off the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Monday afternoon.

According to Nimfa Ravelo’s report on dzBB’s Super Radyo, the Boeing 777-368 aircraft with flight number SV862 landed in Manila at around 1:47 p.m. and was en route to NAIA Terminal 1 when the incident occurred.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), in its incident report, said six right landing gears of the plane went off the pavement at the end portion of the taxiway onto the grassy portion, causing its wheels to get stuck in the process.

All 420 passengers and crew of the flight were safe. They were immediately shuttled from the site going to Terminal 1 where passengers they for their baggage.

Flights at the airport were also unhampered.

Airport officials including MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General Captain Jim Sydiongco went to the site to supervise the recovery operations.

MIAA said the aircraft has been recovered and is now positioned at the paved portion of the taxiway and is being prepared to be towed.

Monreal assured the public that the situation is now under control and the recovery operations were carried out following the international standards on aircraft recovery.—Sundy Locus/LDF, GMA News