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Jetstar aircraft disabled in Manila's Runway 13/31

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Manila International Airport Authority (as of 1000H) – Runway 13-31 was closed for operations early today after an Airbus A320 jet with 140 passengers and crew onboard made an excursion towards the Runway Safety Area (RSA - grassy area) while positioning for takeoff. All 140 (139 plus 1 infant) passengers and crew deplaned safely and were brought back to NAIA Terminal 1 by shuttle buses.
Actual photo of the disabled aircraft (registry JA13JJ) on Runway 13/31 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo from Zhee Santos.
Jetstar Japan flight GK40 from Manila to Narita, Japan, pushed back from the NAIA Terminal 1 at 2:08 a.m. and headed for Runway 13 for takeoff. While positioning for takeoff, the aircraft overshot the turn causing the front and right landing gears to veer towards the RSA leaving the front to get embedded in the soft ground.

Based on initial reports, the incident occurred at 2:32 a.m. The MIAA Fire and Rescue and Operations teams immediately proceeded to the site to assist the passengers and crew. With the disabled aircraft blocking parts of the runway, Runway 13-31 is currently closed for operations with the affected flights using the main runway, Runway 06-24 for the meantime.

Airport General Manager Ed Monreal and CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco are now on site personally overseeing aircraft removal operations.

“As of this time, the aircraft is now out of the grassy area and being prepared for towing to a nearby aircraft maintenance center. Simultaneous clearing of the runway and repair of damaged runway lights are now in progress. We hope to resume operations soon,” Monreal added.

The CAAP also issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) stating that Runway 13-31 is closed for aircraft operations due to a stalled aircraft. Their Aircraft Accident Investigation Inquiry Board (AAIIB) are on site to determine the cause of the incident.

At the time of incident, three Manila-bound flights were diverted to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga. These were Cebu Pacific flight 5J269 from Xiamen, Cebu Pacific flight 5J580 from Cebu, and Air Asia flight Z2889 from Seoul. All three flights are now in Manila.

Flight operations in NAIA continue notwithstanding the temporary closure of Runway 13/31 to flight movements.

As of 1000H, a total of eleven (11) flights were delayed due to the incident.

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