Singapore 777-300ER slides off Munich runway

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Passengers have been evacuated via stairs after a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER veered off the southern parallel runway at Munich airport.

The aircraft (9V-SWQ), operating flight SQ327, had arrived from Manchester in the UK and landed on runway 08R around 12:14. It came to rest on grass.

Singapore Airlines said 158 passengers and crew members were on board the twinjet, which was due to depart Munich for Singapore at 13:10.

"All passengers and crew are safe and have disembarked from the aircraft," added the carrier.

German NOTAM information for Munich said the southern runway, 08R/26L, had been closed owing to a disabled aircraft.

Investigating authority BFU added that the aircraft came to rest "to the right of the runway" and that passengers left the aircraft via stairs brought to the jet.

BFU said it classified the incident as "serious" and would open an inquiry.

Munich airport's operator said the crew did not give any indication of problems to air traffic control during the approach. Meteorological data for the airport at the time of the incident shows reduced visibility and low cloud but no other adverse conditions.

The operator added that there was no obvious sign of damage to the twinjet.

Flightglobal's ACAS database lists the airframe as a three-year old example, owned by the carrier. All 777-300ERs are powered by General Electric GE90 engines.