AirAsia Zest aircraft overshoots runway in Kalibo

In a challenging weather situation, an AirAsia Zest Airbus A320-216, operating flight Z2-272, skidded off the runway at Kalibo International Airport after its arrival from Manila at 5:43 PM on December 30.

Emergency slides were deployed to safely evacuate the 159 passengers aboard AirAsia Zest flight Z2-272. (Photo by Jet Damazo-Santos via Twitter)

The aircraft, carrying 159 passengers, found itself stuck in a muddy area off the runway, leading to the cancellation of subsequent flights.

Emergency slides were promptly activated to ensure the safe disembarkation of all passengers, as reported by Giovanni Hontomin, the person overseeing AirAsia Zest’s operations.

No injuries were reported following the incident at this key gateway to Boracay Island.

In a statement released on Tuesday night, AirAsia Philippines confirmed:

Flight Z2-272 from Manila skidded off the Kalibo International Airport runway at 5:43 PM upon landing. All 153 passengers and crew were able to disembark safely, with no injuries reported. All passengers are currently being accommodated at a local hotel with assistance from AirAsia staff.

Elderly passengers of the AirAsia Zest flight get their blood pressure checked while at a local hotel. (Photo by Jet Damazo-Santos via Twitter)

The aircraft involved in the incident, identified by the tail number RP-C8972, experienced a two-hour delay prior to its scheduled departure at 3:10 PM.

Reports indicate that a Cebu Pacific flight from Manila to Kalibo was forced to perform an air turnback due to the adverse weather conditions.

The inclement weather, a tropical storm, has resulted in landslides and flash floods, causing significant loss of life.

Typhoon Seniang has reportedly caused damage to crops worth P5 million, as per the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The incident led to the closure of Kalibo International Airport at 6:45 PM, cancelling all inbound and outbound flights.

Operations recommenced after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines lifted the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) at 2:12 AM.

According to a field report by CAAP’s Director General William K. Hotchkiss, airport staff successfully removed the aircraft from Runway 23.

Kalibo International Airport’s Runway 23, with a length of 2,187 meters, can accommodate narrow-body aircraft such as the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737, as stated by the Aviation Safety Network. 

Kalibo serves as the second major entry point for tourists to Boracay Island, following Caticlan, which is limited to turbo-prop aircraft.

In related news, an Indonesia AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore recently crashed into the Java Sea.

Search and rescue operations have uncovered debris from the Airbus A320 aircraft, including remains of passengers on-board.

The aircraft lost contact with air traffic control while traversing the Java Sea with 162 passengers and crew on-board.