By Junex Doronio
October 24, 2022
Photo courtesy: Alan Tangcawan
LAPU-LAPU CITY — Accidents happen and due to bad weather on Sunday night, a Korean Air plane overshot a runway in Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) but no casualties were reported.
On Monday, October 24, some flights in MCIA were diverted, including the Philippine Airlines (PAL) PR 1869 from Manila to Cebu and AirAsia 329047 from Incheon to Cebu.
“We confirm that at 11:11 pm on 23 October Sunday, Korean Air flight no. KE631 from Incheon, South Korea overshot the runway in a landing attempt during heavy rains at the MCIA,” the MCIA management said in a statement Monday.
It added that no one was hurt during the mishap and all 162 passengers and 11 crew onboard the A330 aircraft were immediately evacuated.
“The incident has necessitated the temporary closure of the MCIA runway to allow for the safe removal of the aircraft. For now, all international and domestic flights to and from MCIA are canceled until further notice,” the MCIA further said.
In a separate statement, Korean Air president Keehong Woo apologized for the incident and vowed that a thorough investigation will be conducted.
“We always prioritize safety in all of our operations, and we truly regret the stress and inconvenience brought to our passengers,” he stressed.
As this developed, Migrant Workers Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople instructed concerned agencies to assist overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who may be affected by the incident.
“I have directed [Overseas Workers Welfare Administration] and [Philippine Overseas Employment Administration] to assist OFWs who may be affected [especially] with flight cancellations, etc,” Ople said on Twitter. (ai/mtvn)