Chinese Boeing 737 crash-lands at Manila airport

Benjamin Zhang
Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737 800


  • Xiamen Airlines Flight MF8667 crash-landed at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines on Thursday night.
  • The Boeing 737-800 skidded off the side of the runway after landing in bad weather.
  • None of the 165 people on board were seriously injured.
  • The plane was at the end of a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Xiamen, southern China, when the incident occurred.
  • Tracking data indicated the crew had aborted an earlier landing attempt.

A Xiamen Airlines jet crashed while landing at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday night.

"On August 16, 2018, Xiamen Airlines Flight MF8667 from Xiamen to Manila experienced a runway excursion while landing at Manila Airport at 23:55 Beijing time," Xiamen Airlines said in a statement posted on Chinese social media. "The crew immediately initiated emergency evacuation procedures."

There were no serious injuries among the 157 passengers and eight crew on board. Four people suffered "superficial scratches" while evacuating the plane, Channel News Asia reported.

The Boeing 737-800 had landed on its second attempt before skidding off the runway and having its left engine ripped off, Channel News Asia reported, citing Ninoy Aquino airport general manager Ed Monreal.

Tracking data provided by indicated the crew attempted to land 15 minutes before the incident but decided to abort and try again.

Photos of the scene show the Boeing jet sitting not far from the airport's perimeter fence. The aircraft was leaning to the left as a result of the missing engine.

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LOOK: Parts of the Xiamen Air aircraft lie in pieces at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport. All passengers and crew are reported safe, but one of the plane's engines had broken off during the landing

According to the Aviation Safety Network, the incident occurred as the jet attempted to land in heavy thunderstorms.

The plane was at the end of a two-and-a-half hour flight from Xiamen, southern China, when the incident took place.

The airport said it has shut multiple runways to recover the damage. Dozens of flights have been cancelled.

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Xiamen Airlines B737-800 (B-5498) received unknown damage when it overran runway 24 (lengh 3410 m) at Manila-Intl Airport (RPLL), Philippines. Darkness and rainy conditions prevailed at the time. Flight #MF8667 came from Xiamen. No injuries reported. Tweet Embed:
A video clip uploaded by a Weibo user @大甜软糖 shows the moment inside the Xiamen Airlines plane when it crash-landed at the Manila airport. Tweet Embed:
Philippine weather satellite image at 23:50 LT, five minutes before Xiamen Airlines #MF8667 went off the runway on landing in rain at Manila Airport.

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