Philippine plane overshoots runway
( AP ) - A domestic airliner carrying 47 people overshot a runway in the central Philippines Wednesday and struck a concrete fence, damaging the aircraft but causing no injuries, officials said.
Authorities closed the airport in Masbate province after the fuel tank on the YS11 turboprop sprang a leak, the officials said.
Emergency crews helped the 43 passengers and four crew members out of the YS11 turboprop plane, operated by the Philippine airline Asian Spirit, a budget carriers that provides service to remote destinations.
The aircraft had touched down from a regular Manila flight when a strong tail wind apparently pushed it forward, causing it to overshoot the runway, airport manager Josefina Nunez said. Masbate is about 220 miles southeast of Manila.
"The plane's wing missed a row of houses outside the airport by several meters (yards)," Nunez told The Associated Press by telephone.
Officials said the plane's right landing and nose wheels and a wing propeller were damaged as it hit the fence.
After the passengers and crewmembers got off, crews sprayed the plane with chemical foam to prevent the leaking aviation fuel from catching fire, she said.