Plane skids off runway, closing parts of Tokyo’s Narita

This picture shows Japan Airline’s Boeing 787 jet, after the plane skidded off a snow-bound runway at Narita airport in Chiba prefecture February 1, 2019. — Jiji Press pic via AFP
This picture shows Japan Airline’s Boeing 787 jet, after the plane skidded off a snow-bound runway at Narita airport in Chiba prefecture February 1, 2019. — Jiji Press pic via AFP

TOKYO, Feb 1 — A Japan Airlines plane from New Delhi skidded off a snow-bound runway at Narita Airport today, officials told AFP, briefly closing part of Tokyo’s main hub.

Spokespeople from the airport and the carrier said the 201 passengers and crew had all been escorted off the Boeing 787 jet with no serious injuries.

The accident forced the airport to close one of its two runways for an hour from 7am (6am Malaysian time), Narita spokesman Kazuhiko Morio told AFP.

The runway was then closed again as the plane was moved out of a safety zone, Morio added.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear but public broadcaster NHK said one of the plane’s tyres may have slipped on a rare patch of snow on the runway.

The country’s weather agency has forecasted light snow in part of the Kanto region in eastern Japan, including the area around Narita.

Television footage showed some snow lingering on the ground at the airport although runways and taxiways were clear.

Judging by the footage, the plane seemed to have sustained no damage in the accident. — AFP

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