Asiana Airlines Plane Overshoots Hiroshima Runway; 23 Injured

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An Asiana Airlines plane flies above Incheon International Airport in Incheon, west of Seoul on June 18, 2011. (Credit: Park Ji-Hwan/AFP/Getty Images)

An Asiana Airlines plane overran a runway while landing at Japan’s Hiroshima Airport on Tuesday evening, prompting the airport to temporarily close, the Japanese transportation ministry said.

Twenty-three people had minor injuries after Flight 162 landed at 8:05 p.m., according to fire department and ministry sources.

There were 74 passengers and seven crew members aboard when the flight took off from South Korea’s Incheon International Airport at 6:49 p.m. local time, the transportation ministry said.

Authorities are investigating initial reports that the Airbus A320 may have hit an object on the runway during landing, causing damage to the rear of its body and the cover of the engine on the left wing, the ministry said.

Video of the scene showed the aircraft’s body turned around, with its nose pointing in the direction that the plane had come from.

Hiroshima Airport closed because of the incident Tuesday night while fire department officials worked at the scene.

Airbus, the plane’s manufacturer, is aware of the incident and is working to gather more information, Airbus regional media relations manager Marie Caujolle said.