A Korean Air Lines plane carrying 173 passengers overshot the runway at Cebu International Airport in the Philippines late on Sunday. It went on to say that there were no casualties and that everyone on board had been safely evacuated.
According to a statement published by Korean Air on Monday, the Airbus SE A330 widebody travelling from Seoul to Cebu had three landing attempts before overrunning the runway at 23:07 (1507 GMT).
The airline reported that passengers have been transferred to three local hotels and a replacement flight is being planned for flight KE361. Right now, we’re determining the reason of the occurrence.
Reuters confirmed that video from the area showed severe damage to the airliner. The nose landing gear looked to have collapsed.
Korean Air President Keehong Woo apologised on the airline’s website and promised a thorough investigation by Philippine and South Korean authorities to determine the cause.
We will do everything possible to prevent it from happening again, Woo said, adding that we remain committed to standing by our commitment of safe operations.
According to flight-tracking website FlightRadar24, the A330-300 involved in the disaster was delivered brand new to Korean Air in 1998, while other flights heading for Cebu were diverted to other airports or returned to their origin.
According to a statement posted on the Cebu airport’s Facebook page, all domestic and international flights have been cancelled till further notice. This was done to temporarily close the runway in preparation for the plane’s disposal.
According to the Aircraft Safety Network website, which tracks aviation accidents, Korean Air has not had a fatal passenger catastrophe since 1997.
Despite having a poor safety record at the time, the airline requested assistance from Boeing Co. and Delta Air Lines Inc. in strengthening its standards. Mark Porter and Diane Craft edited the piece; Jamie Freed in Sydney and Karen Lema in Manila contributed reporting.