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Plane comes off runway at HKIA in bad weather conditions

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The north runway at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has been temporarily closed after a Chinese Eastern airliner veered off the runway after landing.

The incident happened at around 11am this morning, as flight MU765 from Nanjing was taxiing off the runway. Photos shared on social media show the the aircraft, including the front and right wheels, on the grass next to the runway. No injuries have been reported so far.

A red rainstorm warning was in place at the time of the incident, meaning that rainfall exceeding 50 millimietres in one hour had fallen or was expected generally over Hong Kong. Since the incident, the rainstorm warning was upgraded to black for a period, however was dropped to amber at 12.30pm.

Passengers expecting to fly today are advised to check the status of their flight before leaving for the airport. Delays are expected.

For more details, visit www.hongkongairport.com/flightinfo/eng/chkfltarr.html

Image: Juergen Ditz on Facebook

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