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Taiwan plane’s wheel rolls off Philippine runway, all safe

March 14, 2019

KALIBO, Philippines (AP) — Everyone on a Taiwanese plane has disembarked safely after one of the plane’s wheels got stuck in the grass off a Philippine runway.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines spokesman Eric Apolonio says all the 122 passengers and an unspecified number of crewmen were safe and the Far Eastern Air Transport plane was towed to the airport terminal in central Kalibo town for inspection.

Apolonio says the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft was maneuvering at the end of the runway after touchdown when one of its wheels rolled onto the grass late Wednesday.

Apolonio says the airport, a gateway to the popular Boracay beach island, reopened after more than an hour of closure.

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