In Japan 23 injured as Asiana Airlines plane skids off runway in Hiroshima

The Japanese transport ministry announced that the event has prompted the airport to temporarily close.

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An Air Asiana plane has skidded off a runway at Japan's Hiroshima airport.

The Japanese transport ministry announced that the event has prompted the airport to temporarily close.

CNN quoting ministry sources reports that 23 people sustained minor injuries after Flight 162 landed at 8:05 p.m (local time).

A total of  74 passengers and 7 crew members were aboard the flight when it took off from South Korea's Incheon International Airport at 6:49 p.m. (local time).

The transport 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.

Meanwhile, Airbus (the plane's manufacturer) Regional Media Relations Manager, Marie Caujolle said the company  is aware of the incident and is working to gather more information.

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