Asiana plane skids off run­way in Ja­pan; about 20 in­jured

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

An Asiana Air­lines plane skid­ded off a run­way Tues­day af­ter land­ing in west­ern Ja­pan, and about 20 peo­ple were in­jured slightly, of­fi­cials said.

The Hiroshima air­port re­ported that the air­craft’s tail touched the run­way while land­ing, caus­ing some sparks, but there were no flames, the Mi­hara City fire de- part­ment said.

The air­port was closed af­ter the ac­ci­dent, public broad­caster NHK said. It said the plane may have touched a struc­ture at the air­port be­fore land­ing.

Of­fi­cials said the Air­bus 320 plane was car­ry­ing 74 pas­sen­gers and eight crewmem­bers from Seoul, South Korea. Fire depart­ment of­fi­cial Ky­oichi Ut­sumi said about 20 peo­ple re­ceived mi­nor in­juries — mostly bruises and scratches — and no one was hurt se­ri­ously. All were evac­u­ated us­ing es­cape chutes, and it was not im­me­di­ately clear if they were in­jured dur­ing the land­ing or the evac­u­a­tion.

TV video showed the es­cape chutes pro­ject­ing from the air­craft, with sev­eral fire en­gines stand­ing by as a pre­cau­tion.

The cause of the ac­ci­dent was not im­me­di­ately known, and no other de­tails were im­me­di­ately avail­able.

An Asiana Air­lines flight crashed two years ago as it ap­proached San Fran­cisco’s air­port in an ac­ci­dent that killed three teenagers and in­jured nearly 200 oth­ers.

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