A China Eastern plane ran off the end of the north runway at the Hong Kong International Airport at around 11 a.m. on Wednesday after aborting an earlier attempt to land, amid heavy rains in the city.
Initial reports said Flight MU765 from Nanjing veered off the course and slid onto the grassy slope at the end of the runway after landing, but no one was hurt.
The Airbus A320 narrow-body plane aborted its first try to land amid torrential rain and low visibility. The pilot informed the air traffic control of the need to conduct a missed approach.
It was unclear whether the plane deviated from the standard missed approach track in such an adverse weather condition, leading to the accident.
Witnesses were quoted as saying that flames were seen on the tires of the front landing gear.
The Observatory issued the black rainstorm warning signal at 11:30 a.m., the first this year.
Shortly after the accident, the airport shut down the north runway as ambulances, fire trucks and other first responders rushed to the scene.
All other departing and arriving planes were diverted to the south runway.
Flights may be delayed, some for up to three hours, the Airport Authority has warned.
Passengers have been advised to check with their respective airlines for flight status before going to the airport. See the airport’s website.
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