Korean Air A330 runway overrun: what we know so far

A Korean Air Airbus A330-300 overran the runway after landing at Mactan/Cebu International Airport in bad weather.

The jet, HL7525 (c/n 219) was flying flight KE631 from Seoul/Incheon to the Philippines facility on October 23.

In a statement, the flag carrier confirmed the widebody made an “abnormal landing” that “deviated from the runway due to bad weather”.

Korean Air operates a fleet of 29 A330s including eight -200s and 21 -300s.
Korean Air operates a fleet of 29 A330s including eight -200s and 21 -300s. Aviation Image Network/Bailey

All 162 passengers and 11 crew members were safely evacuated, and no injuries were reported.

The incident occurred during the aircraft’s third approach. It had previously made two unsuccessful attempts to land and entered a holding pattern prior to commencing the final approach at around 11pm local time.

“The incident has necessitated the temporary closure of the MCIA runway to allow for the safe removal of the aircraft,” the airport said in a statement. “For now, all international and domestic flights to and from MCIA are cancelled until further notice.”

Korean Air later issued a statement on social media apologising for the incident: “Fortunately, it was confirmed that there were no casualties, but we apologise for causing concern to the passengers and their families.

According to flight tracking data from Flightradar24, the aircraft made two approaches to the airport before entering a holding pattern and then commencing its final approach.
According to flight tracking data from Flightradar24, the aircraft made two approaches to the airport before entering a holding pattern and then commencing its final approach. Flightradar24

“We will do our best to manage the situation, while doing our best to ensure that passengers are transported safely and comfortably without any inconvenience.”

The 24-year-old aircraft appears in photos circulating on social media to be heavily damaged. Its nose gear collapsed, and engines look to have sustained damage after contacting the ground.

Korean Air operates a fleet of 29 A330s including eight -200s and 21 -300s.