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Singapore Airlines flight veers off Myanmar airport runway

SIA has confirmed that one of its planes veered off the runway on Wednesday (May 21) while landing at the Yangon International Airport in Myanmar.

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has confirmed that one of its planes veered off the runway on Wednesday (May 21) while landing at the Yangon International Airport in Myanmar.

An SIA spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia that flight SQ998, an Airbus A330 that took off from Singapore and which was scheduled to land in Yangon at 9.20am on Wednesday, encountered heavy rain and veered “slightly off” the runway on landing.

There were no reports of injuries. The aircraft was towed to the gate and all passengers disembarked safely, the spokesperson said, adding that a replacement aircraft was sent to Yangon to operate the return flight.

The airport was closed for half an hour due to the incident, Xinhua news agency reported.

Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, who was on the flight en route to the 23rd ASEAN Labour Ministers Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, posted on the Channel NewsAsia Facebook wall: "That was the hardest landing I've ever experienced. (The) crew was very professional, steady and reassuring."


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