Korean Air plane from Singapore forced to land in Manila after smoke fills cabin

Korean Air Flight 644 from Singapore immediately radioed the Manila control tower for an emergency landing after smoke started filling its cabin at about 1.30am.
Korean Air Flight 644 from Singapore immediately radioed the Manila control tower for an emergency landing after smoke started filling its cabin at about 1.30am.PHOTO: KOREAN AIR

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A Korea-bound Boeing 777 aircraft landed safely early Tuesday (Feb 28) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) after encountering problems mid-flight.

According to a report from the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa), Korean Air Flight 644 from Singapore immediately radioed the Manila control tower for an emergency landing after smoke started filling its cabin at about 1.30am.

Miaa immediately deployed fire trucks and medical teams to await the aircraft which landed and unloaded its 285 passengers safely.

Korean Air crew immediately inspected the aircraft and declared it safe to continue the flight at 4am although the source of the smoke was not determined.

The aircraft, with its 285 passengers, resumed its flight to Incheon, taking off from the Naia past 5am.