Manila, Philippines — A damaged Korean Air plane got stuck in the grass at a central Philippine airport on Monday after flying over a runway in rainy weather the night before. No injuries were reported among the 162 passengers and 11 crew members who escaped the plane using evacuation slides.
Dozens of flights have been canceled and Mactan-Cebu International Airport, one of the busiest in the country, has remained closed due to jammed planes at the end of its only usable runway.
The chillingly close fall prompted the president of Korean Air to issue a public apology and a vow to take steps to prevent a repeat of one of Asia’s best-known airlines.
“We have always prioritized safety in all our operations and we sincerely regret the stress and inconvenience caused to our passengers,” Korean Air President Woo Keehong said in a statement.
The aircraft’s front underbelly was sheared off and its nose badly damaged. The aircraft was tilted forward on a patch of grass, its front landing gear was not visible and evacuation slides were deployed on the doors. A ripped hole was also visible on the top of the aircraft near a front door.
Filipino officials said the plane’s remaining fuel would be siphoned off before efforts begin to remove the plane at the end of the runway. Authorities also checked whether the other planes stranded at the airport were allowed to fly out safely.
Dozens of flights to and from Cebu province have been canceled, including those of Philippine Airlines, which initially announced more than 50 domestic flights were canceled.
A Filipino investigation into the accident was underway.
The Airbus A330 flying out of Incheon, South Korea, attempted to land twice before overrunning the runway on the third attempt, Korean Air Lines Co. said in a statement.
“All passengers are safe and under the care of ground staff,” the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said in a statement.
In 1981, a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 jet overran the runway while taking off from Manila International Airport and skidded to a halt at the edge of a major highway. More than a dozen of the approximately 350 people on board were injured in the accident.
The plane crashed into a concrete fence and skidded to a halt on its stomach, its front end jutting frighteningly over a busy side street off a major highway south of metropolitan Manila.
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