Korean Air plane crashes off runway after thunderstorms thwart multiple landing attempts
Flight tracker data from FlightAware also shows the plane make two landing attempts before the pilot flew away and circled over open water before making the third and final attempt.
A Korean Air plane slid off a runway in the Philippines after making multiple attempts to land in a thunderstorm on Sunday, according to flight tracking and radar.
The Korean Air Flight KE631 incident happened Sunday night at Mactan-Cebu International Airport when the Airbus A330-300 overshot the runway and crashed into a concrete barricade. None of the passengers or crew onboard were injured.
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FOX Forecast Center radar shows thunderstorms over the airport around the time of the landing at 11:17 p.m. Korean Time. Flight tracker data from FlightAware also shows the plane made two landing attempts before the pilot flew away and circled over open water before making the third and final attempt.
"Thunderstorms developed as the plane was trying to land, and based on our flight tracking data from FlightAware, you can clearly see the flight made multiple landing attempts before landing," FOX Weather Meteorologist Jordan Overton said. "A kudos to the pilots managing a very tough situation."
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Video shows the damaged aircraft off the Mactan-Cebu International Airport runway on Monday, with emergency responders nearby making plans to move the passenger plane.
In a statement, Korean Air President Keehong Woo said an investigation with local aviation and Korean authorities would determine the cause of the crash.
"We always prioritize safety in all of our operations, and we truly regret the stress and inconvenience brought to our passengers," Woo said. "We remain committed to standing behind our promise of safe operations and will do our very best to institute measures to prevent any recurrence. Our overall goal is for our valued guests to trust that Korean Air will treat them well, and honor us with the opportunity to welcome them once again."
Despite the crash landing, Flight KE631 arrived 1 hour and 17 minutes behind schedule.