Korean Air flight made an emergency in Manila

A Korean Air plane Photo ©

A KOREAN Air flight en route to Incheon from Singapore made an emergency landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday due to a technical problem. 

A representative of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said Korean Air Flight KE644 with 290 passengers and 42 crew have landed safely at the country’s premier airport shortly after 2 am. He said a problem at the passenger’s cabin triggered an alarm prompting the quick thinking pilots of the airplane to decide on an emergency landing at the NAIA.

It is not clear why the alarm was triggered but experts say that whatever it is, the pilots did the right thing. They added that the alarm was meant to alert the pilots of a potentially dangerous situation,

The flight crew, the MIAA said, notified Manila of the problem and requested clearance for an emergency landing.

Airport emergency teams and the fire and rescue division responded to the scene while the distressed aircraft was landing after which aircraft engineers and technicians inspected the plane’s cabin to determine the source of the glitch. 

MIAA said they were able to bring all the passengers and crew to the NAIA Terminal 1 for safety at 2:55 am while the plane was being checked. It added that the aircraft technicians found the problem at the plane’s “QSEB Box Seat 14B” but did not elaborate.

At about 4:10 am, the MIAA said, the plane was allowed to resume its journey after aircraft technicians cleared it from any problem and declared the aircraft safe for travel.

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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