Pope Francis waves to the crowd while on board an Isuzu D-Max Popemoblie for his trip to the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila on Thursday, January 15, from the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. Pope Francis is the Philippines for a five-day state and apostolic visit that will be highlighted by a meeting with survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in Leyte on Saturday, January 17.  (MNS photo)

Pope Francis waves to the crowd while on board an Isuzu D-Max Popemoblie for his trip to the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila on Thursday, January 15, from the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. Pope Francis is the Philippines for a five-day state and apostolic visit that will be highlighted by a meeting with survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in Leyte on Saturday, January 17. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Jan 17 (Mabuhay) — Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. were on board the private jet that skidded off the runway of the Daniel Z. Romualdez airport in Tacloban City upon its takeoff Saturday.

Aside from Ochoa and Coloma, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said those on board also included Undersecretary Emmanuel Bautista and the officials’ staff and security. A total of 12 passengers were on board the plane.

“Lahat sila safe. Chine-check up lang sila ngayon,” he said.

Roxas said the aircraft veered off course as it was about to take off from the runway.

“Kapansin-pansin sa mga nanonood na nagbago ang arangkada ng eroplano,” he said.

The aircraft, which was identified as a Bombardier Global Express plane, was rented by the government, Roxas said. (MNS)