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Plane Misses Runway in Philippines

October 18, 1999

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Philippines (AP) _ A Federal Express cargo plane overshot the runway and plunged into the ocean while landing in the Philippines, officials said Monday. Both crew members escaped with minor injuries.

The MD-11 plane, which originated in Shanghai, was landing at Subic freeport shortly before midnight Sunday when it overshot the runway, said Bong Meneses, an official of the national Air Transportation Office.

Subic, a former U.S. Navy base that has been converted into a special economic zone, has a small airport that Fedex uses as its Southeast Asian flight center.

Fedex said the two crew members, Capt. Michael Rooney and First Officer Cynthia Hubbard, evacuated the aircraft safely and were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

Richard Gordon, a Red Cross official who formerly headed the freeport, said the nose and wing of the plane were damaged in the accident.

``The nose broke off from the plane, and cargo slipped out of the hold from there,″ he told The Associated Press.

All of the plane was submerged in the sea except for the cockpit.

Fedex said most of the plane’s cargo had been damaged ``and may not be salvageable.″ It reportedly consisted mainly of electronic goods and garments.

There was no immediate explanation of the cause of the accident. A light rain was falling and the runway was wet, company officials said.

Subic is 50 miles northwest of Manila.

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