AirAsia plane skids off runway in Philippines

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By Everton Gayle
AirAsia plane skids off runway in Philippines

<p>An AirAsia plane overshot the runway in the Philippines forcing passengers to evacuate down emergency slides on Tuesday, according to reports.</p> <p>The incident took place as the airline confirmed that debris and bodies found in the Java Sea are from QA8501, the aircraft that went missing on Sunday.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p>Just in: <a href="https://twitter.com/AirAsiaPH">@AirAsiaPH</a> plane overshoots Kalibo runway <a href="http://t.co/OdKxnNfJqm">http://t.co/OdKxnNfJqm</a> <a href="http://t.co/UWCenOeppM">pic.twitter.com/UWCenOeppM</a></p>— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) <a href="https://twitter.com/rapplerdotcom/status/549884850413785088">December 30, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The evacuation took place at Kalibo Airport, Alkan Province. Local journalist <br /> Jet Damazo-Santos uploaded pictures to Twitter as passengers were forced to leave their belongings and disembark immediately.</p> <p>Ms Damazo-Santos said: “Nobody seems to be hurt. Weather was bad … Plane came to a very abrupt stop.”</p> <p>The reporter said the flight had been delayed by two hours because of poor weather at the airport and that a Cebu Pacific plane was forced to turn back to Manilla. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p>Elderly passengers of AirAsia flight that overshot runway at Kalibo getting blood pressure checked <a href="http://t.co/Lyr15BzSMX">pic.twitter.com/Lyr15BzSMX</a></p>— Jet Damazo-Santos (@jetdsantos) <a href="https://twitter.com/jetdsantos/status/549872913155768320">December 30, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>AirAsia has confirmed that a plane overshot the runway in a statement: “AirAsia Philippines confirms flight Z2 272 from Manila skidded off the Kalibo International Airport runway at 5:43PM upon landing. All 153 passengers and crew were able to disembark safely, no injuries reported. “</p>