AirAsia Zest Overshoots Runway During Landing

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30 – An AirAsia Zest aircraft was reported to have overshot the runway while landing at Kalibo Airport, Philippines today, just after news broke that Indonesia AirAsia QZ8501, which went missing last Sunday, was found to have crashed off the coast of Bangka-Belitung, Indonesia. 

Jet Damazo-Santos, a Jakarta-based journalist from the Philippines, posted on her Twitter account (@jetdsantos) that she and other passengers aboard Zest flight Z2272 from Manila were forced to evacuate the aircraft via an emergency slide. “Engine was shut immediately, we were told to leave bags, deplane asap. Firetruck was waiting. Seems handled well.’,” she said. 

The flight, she said, had been delayed for two hours and faced bad weather conditions due to tropical storm Seniang which hit the country yesterday.

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