6 Aug

Korean Air plane overshoots runway in Japan

Passenger jet arriving at Niigata airport fails to stop in time and ends up with nose buried in grass verge

The Korean Air plane that overshot the runway at Niigata airport in Japan

The Korean Air plane that overshot the runway at Niigata airport in Japan. Photograph: Reuters/TBS

A Korean Air passenger jet has overshot the runway at an airport in north-western Japan and ended up with its nose in the grass.

The plane was carrying 115 people when it arrived at Niigata airport on Monday, Japan’s transport ministry said. “I saw that the landing strip wasn’t going to be enough, then Bam! It made a sudden stop,” a passenger told local broadcaster TBS.

Korean Air flight 763, a Boeing 737-900 airliner, landed at about 7.40pm local time on a flight from Incheon international airport in South Korea.

It couldn’t stop in time and the front of the aircraft came to a stop on a grass verge beyond the end of the runway.

No injuries were reported among the 106 passengers and nine crew, Niigata airport said.

On Tuesday officials from Japan’s National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) began investigating the case on location at Niigata airport as a “serious incident”, according to Japan’s transport ministry.

At least 19 flights into Niigata airport were cancelled on Tuesday morning while an investigation continued.

The incident is the second in a month involving a South Korean airline. On 6 July an Asiana Airlines flight crash-landed in San Francisco, killing three people and injuring dozens.




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