Passengers Disembark Plane On Emergency Slides After AirAsia Flight Overshoots Kalibo Runway

Passengers disembarked from an AirAsia flight on the emergency slides after the plane overshot the runway at Kalibo Airport in the Philippines amid bad weather.

AirAsia flight Z2 272 was scheduled to depart at 3:10 pm but did so almost two hours later. Passengers were told that a Cebu Pacific flight to Kalibo was earlier forced to turn back to Manila, Rappler reported.

OVERSHOT LANDING. Passengers disembark through an emergency slide at the rear end of the AirAsia plane on December 30, 2014. Photo by Jet Damazo-Santos/Rappler
OVERSHOT LANDING. Passengers disembark through an emergency slide at the rear end of the AirAsia plane on December 30, 2014. Photo by Jet Damazo-Santos © Rappler

The short flight ended with a hard, abrupt landing. The engine was immediately turned off and passengers were told to leave bags and deplane at the back using the emergency slide.

There are no reports of any injuries. Emergency services were at the scene minutes after the incident.

Passengers were taken to the Kalibo terminal where the elderly were given medical assistance.

It is believed bad weather was the cause of the incident. The journalist reported the incident to ‘be handled well’.

In a statement early Tuesday night, AirAsia Philippines said: “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. All passengers are now at a hotel assisted by AirAsia staff.”