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No injuries reported after plane veers off runway in Penghu

2012/08/18 13:41:57

Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) All 110 people aboard a plane that ran off the runway at Magong Airport in Taiwan's outlying island chain Penghu were safe, aviation authorities said late Friday.

At 9:30 p.m. Friday, a Taiwan-based Mandarin Airlines ERJ-190 jet ran off the end of the runway while landing. It had taken off 80 minutes earlier from the Taipei International Airport, according to officials.

While the 104 passengers and six crew members were reported safe, the incident left the plane's nose wheels jammed, officials said.

The airline said it was likely that water stagnation on the taxiway following a thunderstorm had caused the jet to deviate from the intended landing path and overrun into the nearby grass.

The incident caused four domestic flights to be delayed as of 11 a.m. Saturday, affecting 460 passengers, said Magong Airport Director Hung Chien-nanm.

Regular air traffic services, however, were resumed at 9 a.m. following the airport's temporary shutdown, he said.

"We have pulled back the jet to the apron for inspection," Hung said, adding that the cause of the incident will be investigated by the Aviation Safety Council later Saturday.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)