A plane veered off the runway on landing at Shanghai airport yesterday, leaving some passengers bruised and shaken but without serious injuries. The crew and 116 passengers of China Eastern Airlines flight MU-583 slid down emergency chutes to safety after the plane hit problems on arrival from Beijing, forcing the closure of Hongqiao airport. The plane had been scheduled to continue to Los Angeles after a stopover in Shanghai, an airline official said. Passengers said the plane, a McDonnell Douglas MD-11, bounced hard three times and kicked up clouds of smoke before skidding off the side of the runway and coming to a halt. 'The landing was way too fast,' said an American passenger. 'We're okay, except for carpet burns,' she said, rubbing sore spots on her arms. Airline officials played down the incident. 'It's not a big problem and is already resolved,' said one. Flights were diverted following the incident. An airline ticket agent said the airport reopened for incoming flights about two hours later. At least three SAR-bound flights and two Shanghai-bound planes were delayed.