A Vietnam Airlines Airbus 320 slipped off the runway at Cambodia’s Siem Reap airport on Tuesday July 5, forcing the temporary closure of the gateway to the famed ruins of Angkor Wat, officials said.
They said the aircraft slid off the runway as it turned to taxi to the terminal after landing in heavy rain, but all the passengers and crew were taken off without injury.
Vietnam Air official Toan Nguyen said there were 90 passengers, mostly European tourists, and eight crew aboard.
The airport would have to remain closed until the aircraft had been moved.
“We’ve closed airport operations until we solve this problem,” deputy Airport director Mao Sopheap told Reuters by telephone from the northwestern city.
There was no immediate word on how long it would take to re-open the airport, through which many foreign tourists pass on their way to and from Angkor Wat, impoverished Cambodia’s main tourist attraction.