Plane carrying 173 overruns runway causing huge damage to body of aircraft

A passenger plane has overshot a Philippines runway with 173 people onboard.

No injuries were reported by Korean Air following the smash at Cebu International Airport.

Flying from Seoul to Cebu in poor weather the plane, an Airbus SE (AIR.PA) A330, had twice tried to land but had been unable to do so safely.

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Announcing flight KE361’s horror smash, which happened at 11pm local time (4pm in the UK) today (October 24), Korean Air explained that it was on the third time asking that the plane overshot.

The airline said: "Passengers have been escorted to three local hotels and an alternative flight is being arranged.

"We are currently identifying the cause of the incident."

The footage, verified by the news agency Reuters, showed the extent of the destruction caused by the plane after what seems to have been the collapsing of the front landing gear.

Issuing an apology the president of Korean Air, Keehong Woo, said that a joint investigation would be carried out by the two countries involved – South Korea and the Philippines.

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Woo said: "We remain committed to standing behind our promise of safe operations and will do our very best to institute measures to prevent its recurrence.

The jet entered service in 1998, having been delivered to Korean Air first-hand, theMirrorreports.

The runway is understood to have been closed at Cebu, causing significant disruption to flights in and out of the city.

Dramatic images of the crash show the huge plane with its nose in the ground and what appears to be huge damage to the 'chin' of the aircraft.

The rear of the jet seems largely undamaged by the crash while draped over the fuselage is what appears to be some fencing collected as it slid.

Since 1997, not a single fatal aviation-related incident has befallen Korean Air, despite non-fatal incidents having taken place.

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