The 81 passengers and crew members of Asiana Airlines flight OZ162, got off (« lightly »), with the fright of their lives. Their Airbus A320 connecting Incheon near Seoul (South Korea) in Hiroshima (Japan) on 14th April, missed its landing.
At 8:05 p.m (local time), the A320 which was flying at too low an altitude, struck several instrument landing system (ILS) beacons, located before the start of the runway approach. The South Korean company aircraft then skidded off the runway, stopping several hundred yards away – sideways – on the grassed area between the two runways, causing serious damage to its left engine.
All those onboard evacuated down the security slides. 25 people with minor injuries were admitted to local hospitals, but all have now been allowed to leave. Hiroshima Airport was closed to traffic.
Concerning the two flight OZ162 pilots, the captain has a total of more than 8,200 hours of flying, and the first officer more than 1,500 hours. The Airbus A320 was delivered to Asiana Airlines on 16th October, 2007.
Japan Transport Safety Bureau (JTSB) has taken charge of the investigation, and are currently carrying out their investigations at the scene of the incident site. A team of eight South Korean investigators have been seconded to assist in the investigation.
Second too short landing
The accident which occurred on 14th April at Hiroshima Airport (Japan), is a reminder of another. On 6th July 2013, an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777, crashed on landing, at San Francisco airport (USA). The aircraft’s tail hit a sea wall ahead of the runway approach. In the accident 182 people were injured and three others killed.
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) pointed at pilot "bad management" at the time of final approach, together with excessive dependence of the crew on automatic systems. The NTSB issued 27 recommendations to the various parties involved. Amongst which, the US agency asked Asiana Airlines to better train its pilots to manual approaches.