Korean Air flight forced to land at NAIA after smoke start to fill cabin

  • A Korean Air flight from Singapore to Incheon, South Korea made an emergency landing at the NAIA
  • Smoke started filling the cabin of the plane mid-flight
  • Three hours after the Korean Air crew inspected the aircraft, it was declared safe to continue the flight

A Korea Air flight bound for Incheon, South Korea was forced to make an emergency landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) early Tuesday morning, February 28, after encountering problems mid-flight.

Citing a report from the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), the Inquirer said smoke started to fill the cabin of the Korean Air Flight 644 from Singapore around 1:30 a.m. forcing the pilot to divert the flight to the nearest airport – the NAIA.  The pilot contacted the Manila control tower and requested an emergency landing.

 The MIAA deployed several fire trucks and medical teams as the plane makes the emergency landing.

After landing and safely unloading its 285 passengers, the Korean Air crew immediately inspected the aircraft and at 4:00 a.m. it was declared safe to continue the flight although the source of the smoke was not determined. The plane took off with all its passengers from the NAIA at 5 a.m.