AirAsia plane carrying 159 people overshoots Philippine runway

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OVERSHOT LANDING. Passengers disembark through an emergency slide at the rear end of the AirAsia plane on December 30, 2014. Photo by Jet Damazo-Santos/Rappler

Passengers disembark through an emergency slide at the rear end of the AirAsia plane on December 30, 2014. (Credit: Rappler)

Philippine officials said Tuesday an AirAsia Zest plane with 159 passengers and crew members overshot a runway in a central province after landing in windy weather from Manila.

Crew members launched emergency slides to help passengers disembark from the Airbus A320-200 after it skidded off the runway in the resort town of Kalibo in Aklan province before nightfall, Giovanni Hontomin, who is in charge of AirAsia Zest’s operations, said by phone, FOX News reported.

There were no immediate reports of injuries and the plane remained stuck on a grassy area near the runway’s end.

The incident came after the crash of an AirAsia plane that disappeared over the Java Sea on Sunday on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board. Bloated bodies and debris were seen floating in Indonesian waters Tuesday.

Domestic carrier AirAsia Zest is partly owned by AirAsia Philippines.

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