Plane skids off runway in rain

Plane skids off runway in rain
Kuala Lumpur: At least four persons were injured when AirAsia, Malaysia's budget carrier, plane carrying 130 people skidded off the runway while landing in the rain.

The incident occurred late yesterday while the plane was landing in rainy conditions in Malaysian city of Kuching. The flight, an Airbus A320, was carrying 124 passengers and six crew members.

"The plane was landing during a downpour and that is when it skidded," Transport Minister Kong Cho Ha said today. Kong said the plane had landed on soft soil on the edge of the runway.

As a result of the incident, services at the airport have been was disrupted, with up to 11 flights to the airport affected.

AirAsia Group Chief Executive Tony Fernandes tweeted: "Working hard to remove aircraft. All passengers are home."