An Asiana Airlines A320 with 74 passengers and seven crew aboard crash-landed and skidded off the runway at Hiroshima Airport in Japan yesterday, injuring 23 people. It was the airline’s first accident since one of its B777s crash-landed in San Francisco almost two years ago.
Asiana Airlines flight OZ162 is reported by one source to have made a tailstrike on landing, then spun around and skidded off the runway.
Another source, this one in the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, told the Japan Times the aircraft may have hit a “communications facility” near the runway.
A third source told the paper the left wing had been damaged, with smoke issuing from an engine.
The plane spun around 180 degrees after impact and was left facing the direction from which it had come – the wrong way on the runway.
All those aboard were evacuated by escape slide.
The airport was closed after the crash. Emergency services took injured passengers to hospital but injuries were reportedly minor.
The flight set off from Incheon International Airport in Seoul carrying 50 South Korean passengers and 24 Japanese.
An Asiana Airlines flight crashed two years ago as it approached San Francisco International airport too low and clipped a retaining seawall at the end of the runway. That accident left three teenagers dead and nearly 200 other passengers injured.
Written by Peter Needham