Several injured after Asiana aircraft skids off runway

Several injured after Asiana aircraft skids off runway

Twenty seven passengers and crew onboard an Asiana flight were injured after it skidded off the runway at Hiroshima airport in Japan after landing.

The aircraft spun almost 180 degrees and came to rest on the grass verge next to the runway having smashed through equipment used to guide aircraft in.

Pictures show the escape shoots deployed and reports say there was panic as the incident unfolded. An investigation has begun.

The A380 was partly damaged in the incident, which happened yesterday, and just one of the injured was so badly hurt they had to remain in hospital overnight.

One woman told Japanese news networks: "There was smoke coming out and some of the oxygen masks fell down. Cabin attendants were in such a panic and I thought 'we are going to die'."

Asiana said in a statement: "Asiana Airlines apologises for causing concern to the passengers and the people over the accident," it said in a press statement.

"Asiana Airlines has immediately set up a response team to cope with the aftermath.

"As to the determination of the cause of the accident, we will cooperate as closely as possible with the relevant authorities."

Local reports claim the aircraft was approaching the runway at an unusually low height, reminiscent of the Asiana crash at San Francisco in 2013 that killed three and left 182 injured.

That crash was blamed on a mismanaged approach after the aircraft clipped a sea wall as it came in to land.




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