Korean Air flight KE189 Droop Almost 27,000 ft

Jakarta, MRN – Last weekend, a Korean Air flight KE189 encountered a harrowing incident. Within a mere 15 minutes, the aircraft plummeted from a staggering height of 26,900 feet (7.6 km), resulting in the hospitalization of 17 passengers.

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Consequently, Korean Air flight KE189 was compelled to change its course due to the damage inflicted upon the plane.

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Notably, the aircraft involved in this incident was a Boeing 737 Max 8. Expressing remorse, the airline’s management issued an apology for the distressing event.

Acknowledging their responsibility, one of the world’s top airlines affirmed their commitment to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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“We are fully cooperating with relevant authorities to meticulously examine the details of this incident. Our utmost priority has been to extend comprehensive support to the affected passengers, encompassing arrangements for accommodation, food, and transportation,” stated Korean Air in a press release quoted by CNBC on Tuesday (25/6/2024).

It is known that 13 passengers had to be rushed to hospital.

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Korean Air flight KE189 Fall Chronology

On Saturday (22/6/2024), a Korean Air aircraft with flight code KE189 departed from Incheon Airport, South Korea, bound for Taichung International Airport in Taiwan.

The flight, carrying 125 passengers, took off at 16:45 Korean time. However, 50 minutes after takeoff, while flying over Jeju Island, South Korea, the aircraft’s pressurization system issued a warning of damage.

The pressurization system is responsible for regulating the pressure level inside the aircraft. According to online flight tracking data from Flightradar24, the plane descended more than 8,000 meters in just 15 minutes.

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In response to the situation, the Korean Air plane made the decision to divert the flight back to Incheon Airport, South Korea.

The aircraft landed safely at Incheon Airport at 19:38 South Korean time.



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