MIRI: A light passenger aircraft crashed after overshooting the runway while landing at the Ba’Kelalan airport, about 120 miles east of here, today but all 14 people on board are safe.
The DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft, belonging to Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary MASWings, crashed at the end of the runway at the short take-off and landing airport (STOLport) as it came in to land at 9.34 am, said Ba’Kelalan State Assemblyman Nelson Balang Rining who was briefed by officers of the Lawas Department of Civil Aviation.
The pilot, co-pilot and all 12 passengers were unhurt in the incident, which badly damaged the aircraft, he said when contacted by Bernama.
Nelson, who is now in Lawas, said the weather was “considerably fine” when the aircraft took off from Lawas STOLport at 8.45 am.
In Kuching, MASWings managing director Dr Amin Khan, when contacted by Bernama, said the aircraft, on a Miri-Lawas-Ba’Kelalan flight, skidded about 10 metres from the runway. — Bernama