Korean Air flight diverts to Manila after burning smell detected in cabin

A Korean Air Boeing 777-3B5(ER) bound for Incheon, South Korea, made an emergency landing at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila early Tuesday after a burning smell was detected in the cabin.

Smoke detected in the cabin caused the diversion of Korean Airlines flight KE-644 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. (Photo by Dor Lok via JetPhotos.net)

Flight KE-644, carrying 285 passengers from Singapore, landed safely in Manila at 2:05 AM local time.

Emergency services were on standby, but no injuries were reported.

Following a priority landing, Korean Air maintenance personnel inspected the aircraft, determining the cause of the smell to be a malfunctioning in-flight entertainment unit.

Sung Suk Jae, a Korean Air representative, stated:

After a maintenance check it was figured the origin of the smell was the AVOD (audio/video on demand) unit that was malfunctioning. The unit’s power supply was cut (as) a safety measure and continued the flight.

After a thorough inspection, the aircraft was declared airworthy and resumed its flight to Seoul-Incheon, departing Manila at 6:22 AM local time.

Korean Air flight KE-644 arrived safely at Incheon International Airport at 10:35 AM local time.