Here is the story from Reuters:
SHANGHAI, Sept 14 (Reuters) - An Air France Airbus A340 with 191 passengers and 13 crew on board slid off the runway while taking off from Shanghai's Hongqiao International airport on Thursday, but there were no injuries, state media said.
The plane failed to turn sharply enough while taxiing onto the main runway and slid into mud at Hongqiao, one of Shanghai's two international airports, Shanghai Television said.
The incident occurred at 12.39 a.m. (0439 GMT) as Air France flight AF111 was taking off for Paris, Shanghai Television said. The airport remained closed due to the mishap on Thursday evening.
Oriental Television showed the Airbus with its front wheels stuck deep in mud and the nose of the plane hanging more than 10 metres over the grass at the edge of the runway.
The reports said the cause of the accident was still under investigation.
One aviation industry source told Reuters the incident may have been linked to a typhoon off China's eastern coast, which has caused strong winds and heavy rain in the city since Wednesday night.
``Runways are very slippery because of heavy rains due to the Typhoon Saomai,'' he said. ``That was possibly what caused the
airplane to slip off of the runway.''
State media said the storm had complicated the efforts to unstick the airplane. ``Saomai has caused biting winds and rains at the
airport, making it very difficult to pull the plane out of the mud,'' one report said.
An official at Air France's Shanghai office declined to comment.
About 40 domestic and international flights had been delayed since the airport closed shortly after the incident.
Typhoon Saomai, which killed seven people in Japan, had buffetted China's eastern coast with rains and winds for two days.
The storm was some 300 km (185 miles) out at sea and moving northwest at a slow 11 kph (7 mph).
Rains were expected to continue along the coast until Friday.
It was the third incident in as many months at Shanghai airports. In July, an Air China Boeing 737 taxiing for takeoff at Pudong
International Airport took a wide turn and slid off the tarmac, getting stuck in a grassy area.
In August, a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 struck a lamp post while taxiing shortly after landing at Pudong, damaging a wing.
No one was injured in either incident.