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    An Asiana Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft is seen with its evacuation slides deployed after it overran a runway at the Hiroshima airport in Mihara in Hirishima prefecture, western Japan

    Asiana Airlines Suspends Hiroshima Flights After Mishap

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    Asiana Airlines said Friday it was suspending flights to Hiroshima after one of its passenger jets hit a communications antenna as it came in to land at the Japanese airport.

    The South Korean carrier said the suspension would last until the end of April while it checks "safety measures related to the Hiroshima route, airport facilities, planes and training," Agence France-Presse reported.

    The flight from Incheon, near Seoul, was carrying 73 passengers and eight crew when it smashed into the localizer — a large gate-like structure, six meters high, that sits around 300 meters from the start of the runway.

    Nobody was killed, but 27 people were injured.

    Transport officials from Japan and South Korea were investigating the accident, amid suggestions that a sudden down draft may have played a part in the crash, the AFP report said.

    The accident brought memories of an Asiana flight that crashed in San Francisco in July 2013, killing three people and leaving 182 injured.


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