Asiana flight crash lands at Hiroshima airport

Wall Street Journal has reported that an Asiana flight OZ162 flying from Seoul to Hiroshima crash landed at Hiroshima airport. The plane, an Airbus A320 was carrying 73 passengers and 8 crew members of whom at least 18 people sustained minor injuries.

The plane which after hitting multiple communication towers on its approach to the runway, came to rest near the runway thereby shutting down the entire airport until further notice. This is the latest in the string of series of incidents for the troubled airline which has grappled with improving its pilot training to and other related security rules in the wake of the findings from the previous incidents.

Two years ago an Asiana Boeing 777 flight to San Francisco crashed while trying to land at the airport injuring about 200 people and later 3 people died including a girl who was run over by the fire truck while trying to douse the fire. The crash generated a lot of criticism for Asiana’s safety policies and procedures especially the pilot training as the later report had blamed pilot error and lack of familiarity with the cockpit controls as the reason for the crash. A team of South Korean investigators is reaching the accident site to start investigations and probe the cause behind this incident, if the reasons turn out to be the same as San Francisco crash, then the airline maybe heading for bigger trouble and something that would need decisive action in fixing the problem at hand.

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