Asiana Airlines, the nation’s second-biggest airline, recently suffered from a bloody fight between co-pilots and making emergency landing after smoke alarm.
Asiana Airlines Flight OZ521, which was heading to London from Incheon International Airport with 197 people on board, 182 passengers and 15 crew members, made an emergency at Russia’s Khanty-Mansiysk Airport on December 5.
The public relations office at the Ural branch of the Russian Minister for Emergency Situations said, “When the airliner flew over the Ural Mountains, it reported that one out of two engines was on fire. So, the captain requested to the control center of Khanty-Mansiysk Airport for an emergency landing.” No one on board was injured. Asiana Airlines said, “We landed to the nearby airport following an alarm that smoke was detected near the engine.”
Meanwhile, a quarrel broke out between two co-pilots of Asiana Airlines and the departure of the flight was delayed for about one hour on the 2nd. The two got into a bloody fight over a trivial thing at the resting area behind Asiana's A380. They punched and kicked each other, leaving one taken off the flight for medical treatment. The airport police got to the scene. At that time, 275 passengers were waiting on board.
Due to the quarrel between the two co-pilots, Asiana Airlines Flight OZ222, which was supposed to depart from Incheon International Airport for New York at 11am on the 2nd, left Incheon International Airport at 11:44 am.
However, the airline came under criticism for allowing an injured pilot in the cockpit under mental distress. The two co-pilots were former air force pilots who joined the company the same year.
The company's safety director left the co-pilot, who was also injured, on the flight after checking his condition. The passengers on board had to wait for 44 minutes to depart without even knowing the reason.