On the evening of Sunday, October 23, a Korean Air Airbus A330 crashed while landing at Cebu-Mactan International Airport in the Philippines. The plane, with 162 passengers and 11 crew on board, overshot the runway after attempting to land twice in bad weather. The airline has now confirmed that there were no injuries and all passengers were safely evacuated.
The Airbus A330-200, registered as HL7525, was operating flight KE631 from Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) to Cebu departing at 19:20 local time. Due to bad weather, the pilots had to abort the landing at CEB twice. However, on the third attempt, which occurred at 23:07, the aircraft overran the runway and sustained significant damage to the engines and airframe. Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident.
Korean Air said on Monday that the passengers had been escorted to three local hotels and alternative flights were being prepared. It also said it was still investigating the cause of the incident, which may have ended the airline’s zero-fatality streak that dates back to 1997. According to the latest reports, the plane remains stuck just off Cebu Airport’s runway 04, and flight tracking services show that flights to and from the airport are closed until Tuesday.
The airport said in a message on social media that it would temporarily resume services for departures between 4pm and 6pm local time on Monday. However, according to flight tracking services, no flight appears to have taken off.