Manila |Philippine officials say an AirAsia Zest plane with 159 passengers and crew members overshot a runway in a central province after landing in windy weather from Manila. Giovanni Hontomin, who is in charge of AirAsia Zest’s operations, said crew members activated an emergency slide to help passengers disembark safely from the Airbus A320-200 today.
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 today. Domestic carrier AirAsia Zest is partly owned by AirAsia Philippines.
AirAsia plane in Thailand turns back due to ‘irregularity’
Bangkok | An AirAsia flight bound for northeast Thailand was forced to turn back to the capital Bangkok soon after take off today after pilots detected an irregularity in the luggage compartment. AirAsia FlightFD3254, which departed Don Mueang airport at 11.10am local time for the northeastern province of Khon Kaen, returned five minutes after its take off.
The incident happened as search teams spotted bodies in the Java sea off Indonesia from an AirAsia jet which vanished with 162 people on board in a storm on Sunday en route from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore.
After departure from Don Mueang, the pilots detected a minor irregularity in the storage area, thus in the interest of safety the flight returned to land at Don Mueang Airport for a detailed inspection, said Thai AirAsia in a statement.
Thai AirAsia CEO Tassapon Bijleveld said pilots heard unusual sounds in the luggage compartment and decided to return to Don Mueang for safety check. A safetyinspection found nothing wrong with the Airbus A320 and was allowed to resume services. However, the airliner could not confirm the reason for the noise.
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