02 Dec '11, 1pm

Runway accident at Changi Airport causes flight delays, diversions

SINGAPORE: Flights were delayed and several planes diverted to nearby airports after a Singapore Airlines cargo plane skidded off the runway at Changi Airport on Friday afternoon. According to a statement by Changi Airport Group, the aircraft veered off the runway after landing around 4.40pm. No injuries or damage were reported and the plane was able to taxi on its own to the parking bay. The runway was closed for inspection, and re-opened at about 6pm. As a result of the incident, some departing flights were delayed. Five Singapore Airlines and SilkAir planes opted to land at Paya Lebar Air Base. These included SQ298 from Christchurch to Singapore, SQ863 from Hong Kong to Singapore and SQ232 from Sydney to Singapore. The aircraft are still at Paya Lebar as of 8.30pm. A spokesperson with the Changi Airport Group said other planes opted to land in Johor and Kuala Lumpur. SI...

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