That's the deadline set by Philippine aviation authorities for a Xiamen Air B737-800 that made a hard landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Friday (August 17) morning, blocking the vital runway 06-24 and cancelling dozens of flights.
One of the plane's two engines appeared to have been damaged, another airport official said. "With God's blessing, all passengers and the crew were able to evacuate safely and no injuries except for about four who had some superficial scratches", he said.
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A passenger plane from China's Xiamen Airlines skidded off the runway and onto grass when it landed at the Manila worldwide airport early Friday. An investigation was underway to determine what led to the accident late on Thursday.
The passengers and crew travelling on flight MF8667 from Xiamen were evacuated from the plane and were given food and blankets before being transferred to an airport hotel.
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MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco are personally overseeing the recovery and clearing operations of the runway. The plane circled before landing on its second attempt near midnight but lost contact with the airport tower, Sydiongco said.
Several worldwide and domestic flights have been canceled or diverted due to the closure of the airport, which lies in a densely populated residential and commercial section of metropolitan Manila.
Last Friday, hours after the accident, airport officials said the plane will be cut into smaller pieces if within 48 hours the efforts to remove the runway obstacle remains futile.
According to reports, the left engine detached from the wing of the aircraft when the Boeing 737-800 crash-landed at the runway.
Airport authorities extended the closure of one of the runways to 4:00 pm, saying they needed more time to move the Xiamen Air plane.
The weather has improved but sporadic downpours have occurred.