Asiana Jet Crash Lands in Japan, Over 20 Injuries Reported
An Asiana Airlines aircraft landing in Japan skidded off the runway on Tuesday.
Asiana Flight 162, an Airbus A320, made a crash landing at Hiroshima Airport in Japan and spun 180° after reportedly making a tailstrike. The flight had departed from Incheon International Airport in Seoul at 6:49 p.m. local time and arrived at Hiroshima Airport at 7:55 p.m.
“The exact cause of the accident… is under investigation,” the airline said in a statement, adding that the flight had 73 passengers and eight crewmembers. Officials reported 23 injuries and that twenty passengers were taken to the hospital.
The plane landed from the east, according to Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau, and spun 180° before coming to a full stop facing the opposite direction. It skidded off the runway and came to rest on a field.
The crash is Asiana’s second within two years and was the third in its 25-year history. In July 2013, an Asiana Boeing 777 crashed while attempting to land at San Francisco International Airport. Two passengers were killed in the crash and 180 were injured.
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