Crashed Korean Air A330 Gets New Exterior

Crashed Korean Air A330 Gets New Exterior

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Remember that Korean Air Airbus A330 that had a crash landing a couple of months ago? Well, the plane hasn’t moved, though it looks different than before.

Korean Air A330 that crash landed has new exterior

On October 23, 2022, a roughly 24-year-old Korean Air Airbus A330 had an accident while trying to land in Cebu, Philippines. The weather was bad at the destination, so the pilots performed two go arounds. The plane entered a holding pattern, before attempting a third landing, which resulted in a runway overrun. Amazingly enough, there were no fatalities among those onboard.

Flight path of the Korean Air A330 that had an accident

The plane is horribly damaged, and almost certainly won’t fly again.

So, what’s the latest with this jet? It hasn’t moved, as it’s parked in exactly the same spot off the end of the runway at Cebu Airport. However, it looks unfamiliar. The plane has gotten a new exterior, covering up any Korean Air branding, including eliminating any of Korean Air’s baby blue colors. I’m not sure if this is some sort of film that was placed on the plane, or if this is an actual paint job (I’d assume it’s the former rather than the latter).

The plane is now green, and as noted by @AirlineFlyer, it almost looks suspiciously like an Aer Lingus plane.

This is a common practice in the airline industry

While I can appreciate that no airline wants a crashed plane with its branding parked somewhere for the public to see, on some level I still find it odd to prioritize covering up branding in these situations. Korean Air isn’t the only airline to do something like this.

When a Thai Airways A330 had a crash landing in Bangkok in 2013, one of the first orders of business was covering up the plane’s logos. To me this was much more ridiculous — at least the Korean Air plane is unrecognizable, while it’s pretty obvious who the plane in Bangkok belongs to. If anything, covering up the logos in this way while doing nothing about the livery just draws attention to the plane.

Similarly, when an Alitalia ATR-72 had a landing accident in Rome in 2013, the plane was given a neutral, white exterior.

Bottom line

The Korean Air Airbus A330 that had a crash landing in Cebu hasn’t moved, but is unrecognizable based on the exterior. While the plane used to have standard Korean Air branding, it now has a green exterior, and almost looks like an Aer Lingus plane.

This is a common trend in the airline industry, though I do find it all a bit strange.

What do you make of this Korean Air A330’s new exterior?

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  1. crosscourt Guest

    OK whoever pinched the tail, please hand it back.

  2. Donna Diamond

    Following the WN blown engine fatality in 2018 which ended up at PHL, the plane was moved over to an area on the tarmac far away from the terminals. It could be seen on taxi to the runway with a tarp covering parts of the plane but not the logo. It wasn’t there for long. It’s odd that that Korean Air plane is still there after all this time.

  3. Dustin Guest

    Judging by the smear in this picture, it's painted. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FlPNfAuaYAAb0fx?format=jpg&name=large

  4. DMNYC Member

    Ben, just a small correction. The plane is not in the same spot as it was when it went off the runway. It is in an empty area on the east side of the airfield, across the runway from the terminal buildings. It's oriented perpendicular to the runway and quite far from the runway.

    I have video of it as I was landing in Cebu a month ago. No way they could have left it in its original position and resumed operations.

    1. Super Gold

      Odd... if they can move it why not move it completely away? And if they can obscure it, why not just throw a tarp over the whole thing and call it a day? Pretty morbid to have a crash just sitting in plain sight as you land and depart.

  5. Icarus Guest

    Possibly psychological in relation to other travellers who can see it as they depart or arrive.

    I recall seeing the TWA L1011 at JFK in 1992

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DMNYC Member

Ben, just a small correction. The plane is not in the same spot as it was when it went off the runway. It is in an empty area on the east side of the airfield, across the runway from the terminal buildings. It's oriented perpendicular to the runway and quite far from the runway. I have video of it as I was landing in Cebu a month ago. No way they could have left it in its original position and resumed operations.

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crosscourt Guest

OK whoever pinched the tail, please hand it back.

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Donna Diamond

Following the WN blown engine fatality in 2018 which ended up at PHL, the plane was moved over to an area on the tarmac far away from the terminals. It could be seen on taxi to the runway with a tarp covering parts of the plane but not the logo. It wasn’t there for long. It’s odd that that Korean Air plane is still there after all this time.

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