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Korean Air plane crosses Philippine runway, 173 people safe


Manila, Philippines –

A Korean Air plane ejected over the runway upon landing in bad weather in the central Philippines late Sunday, but authorities said all 173 people on board were safe.

The airport on Mactan Island in Cebu province has been closed indefinitely due to aircraft delays, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said.

Photos released by the airline showed the front part of the plane ripped apart, but the airline and aviation authority did not provide details of the damage.

“All passengers are safe and ground personnel are engaged,” the Philippine aviation authority said in a statement.

The Airbus A330 from Incheon, South Korea, attempted to land twice before overtaking the runway on the third attempt, Korean Air Lines Co. said in a statement.

It said all passengers had evacuated on the plane’s escape slide.

The airline said it was trying to figure out what caused the incident.

At least four incoming flights were diverted to Manila and a nearby airport, the Philippine aviation authority said.

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This story has been edited to show the plane launched over the runway late Sunday, not early Monday.

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