A damaged Korean Air plane remained stuck in the grass at a central Philippine airport on Monday after it overshot a runway in rainy weather the night before.
No injuries were reported among the 162 passengers and 11 crewmembers who escaped from the aircraft using emergency slides.
Dozens of flights have been canceled and Mactan-Cebu International Airport, one of the country’s busiest, remained closed due to the stalled aircraft at the end of its lone usable runway.
The terrifying close call prompted a public apology from Korean Air’s president and a vow from one of Asia’s most prominent airlines to take steps to prevent a recurrence.
“We always prioritise safety in all of our operations and we truly regret the stress and inconvenience brought to our passengers,” Korean Air President, Woo Keehong, said in a statement.
The front underbelly of the plane was sheared off and its nose was heavily damaged.
The plane lay tipped forward on a grassy area with its front landing wheel not visible and emergency slides deployed at the doors.
A ripped-open hole was also visible at the top of the plane near a front door.
Authorities were also assessing if the other aircraft that are stranded at the airport could be allowed to fly out safely.