Passenger plane crashes off end of runway during horrendous rain storms

173 people were unboard but no one was badly hurt (Picture: EPA/AP)
173 people were unboard but no one was badly hurt (Picture: EPA/AP)

A Korean Air plane careered off the runway in the Philippines yesterday before skidding to a halt on sodden grass.

Pictures show the badly-damaged aircraft, with its emergency slides activated, still blocking the airport’s lone runway this morning.

No serious injuries were reported among the 162 passengers and 11 crew members on board flight KE631, with all of them escaping using the slides after the incident in wet conditions.

Some had minor injuries which were treated at the airport clinic.

Dozens of flights have been cancelled at Mactan-Cebu International Airport – the country’s second busiest – which was still closed this morning.

Filipino officials said the plane’s remaining fuel would be siphoned off before efforts begin to remove it.

The Airbus A330, which was flying in from Incheon, South Korea, attempted to land twice before overrunning the runway on the third attempt, Korean Air Co. revealed in a statement.

Local authorities were also assessing if the other aircraft stranded at the airport could be allowed to fly out safely.

The stalled aircraft was in a sorry state at the end of the airport’s lone usable runway after the horrifying crash.

Its front undercarriage was sheared off and its nose was badly damaged.

The plane was lying tipped forward on a grassy area with its front landing wheel not visible and a hole visible near a front door.

The incident prompted Korean Air’s president to publicly apologise and promise to take steps to prevent future incidents.

A boy looks at a damaged Korean Air plane after it overshot the runway at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu, central Philippines early Monday Oct. 24, 2022. The Korean Air plane overshot the runway while landing in bad weather in the central Philippines late Sunday, but authorities said all 173 people on board were safe. (AP Photo/Juan Carlo De Vela)
The airport has been shut since the plane skidded to a halt (Picture: AP)

A member of security looks at a Korean Air passenger plane with its belly lying on the runway at the airport in Cebu City, central Philippines on October 24, 2022, after it overshot the runway late October 23 while landing in bad weather. (Photo by Alan TANGCAWAN / AFP) (Photo by ALAN TANGCAWAN/AFP via Getty Images)
There was bad damage to the underside and front of the plane (Picture: AFP)

epa10262234 A handout photo made available by the Lapu-Lapu City Rescue Unit (LCRU) shows emergency personnel standing next to a damaged Korean Air passenger plane after it overshot the runway at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu City, Philippines, 24 October 2022. Passengers and crew were safe after the plane overshot the runway due to bad weather while attempting to land, aviation authorities said. EPA/Lapu-Lapu City Rescue Unit / HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
Flight from the airport were cancelled following the incident (Picture: EPA)

A Korean Air passenger plane lies its belly on the runway at the airport in Cebu City, central Philippines on October 24, 2022, after it overshot the runway late October 23 while landing in bad weather. (Photo by Alan TANGCAWAN / AFP) (Photo by ALAN TANGCAWAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Korean Air’s president has apologised for the crash (Picture: AFP)

‘We always prioritise safety in all of our operations, and we truly regret the stress and inconvenience brought to our passengers,’ Woo Keehong said.

Dozens of flights to and from Cebu province were cancelled, including those of flag carrier Philippine Airlines, which initially announced more than 50 domestic flights would be scrapped.

Glenn Napuli, the airport’s assistant general manager, said yesterday that authorities were working to resume flights within the day.

‘We are hoping by tomorrow (Monday) we can remove the aircraft,’ he explained.

An investigation is underway.

In this handout photo provided by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a damaged portion of the Korean Air Lines Co. plane lies after it overshot the runway at the Mactan Cebu International Airport in Cebu, central Philippines, on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. A Korean Air Lines Co. plane carrying 173 passengers and crew members overshot a runway while landing in bad weather in the central Philippines late Sunday and authorities said all those on board were safe. The airport is temporarily closed due to the stalled aircraft. (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines via AP)
The front of the plane was in a sorry state after the plane skidded to a halt (Picture: AP)

Firefighters train their hoses on a Korean Air Lines Co. plane after it overshot the runway at the Cebu Airport in Cebu, central Philippines early Monday Oct. 24, 2022. A Korean Air Lines Co. plane carrying 173 passengers and crew members overshot a runway while landing in bad weather in the central Philippines late Sunday and authorities said all those on board were safe. The airport is temporarily closed due to the stalled aircraft. (AP Photo/Juan Carlo De Vela)
Emergency services were working to clear the plane as an investigation got under way (Picture: AP)

In this photo provided by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a damaged portion of the Korean Air Lines Co. plane lies after it overshot the runway at the Mactan Cebu International Airport in Cebu, central Philippines, on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. A Korean Air Lines Co. plane overshot a runway while landing in bad weather in the central Philippines late Sunday and authorities said all those on board were safe. The airport is temporarily closed due to the stalled aircraft. (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines via AP)
Those onboard got off using the emergency slides (Picture: AP)

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said: ‘All passengers are safe and being attended by ground personnel.’

Four years ago, a Xiamen Airline aircraft slid off the runway at Manila airport, forcing more than a hundred flight cancellations until the Chinese plane was pulled from the mud after more than a day.

In 1981, A Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 jetliner overshot the runway while taking off from the same airport and skidded to a stop at the edge of a major highway.

More than a dozen of the roughly 350 people onboard were injured in that incident, which saw the plane hit a concrete fence and left its front section frighteningly protruding over a busy side road.

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