Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has reported that a passenger plane operated by the carrier Korean Air overshot the runway on Monday evening when making a landing at Niigata Prefecture’s airport. Departing from Seoul, South Korea at around 6:00 PM, Flight 763 arrived in Niigata city just before 8:00 PM, stranding itself with the front landing gear stuck in the grass just beyond the runway.
The airport’s fire and emergency crews rushed to the plane after the troublesome landing, and fortunately there were no injuries reported among the passengers or crew, and they were able to safely get off the aircraft. A representative for Korean Air has said that they do not know yet if the incident was caused by faulty components or pilot error, however three officials have been tasked with investigating exactly what happened. The airline says their initial account of what happened is that the plane landed, but did not properly reduce its speed, and thus skidded off the runway, coming to a stop with its nose pointing down a small slope.
The plane was a Boeing 737, and this incident comes as the aircraft manufacturer struggles to recover from months of trouble with its new flagship 787 Dreamliner, which was plagued with a number of high-profile battery fires and resulted in a worldwide grounding. In addition, this incident comes roughly a month after an Asiana Airlines flight crashed in San Francisco while attempting to land, injuring 180 passengers and killing three.