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Friday 15 November 2019

Plane carrying top Philippine government officials overshoots runway after Pope departs

Top Philippine Cabinet officials had a narrow escape after their plane blew its front tyres during takeoff and veered off the runway shortly after the Pope's plane departed

A plane carrying top aides of Philippine President Benigno Aquino that was following Pope Francis overshot a runway as it tried to take off in stormy weather at Tacloban airport on Saturday.

Police told local media that the plane had difficultly while attempting a take off but no one was injured in the incident.

Pope Francis on Saturday left the typhoon-hit region four hours ahead of schedule because of the approaching storm.

Tropical Storm Mekkhala, packing winds of 62 miles per hour, suspended ferry services to Leyte province and stranded thousands of travellers including some who wanted to see the Pope.

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