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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 February 2019

Japan Airlines flight from Delhi skids off runway at Tokyo's Narita airport

No serious injuries reported among 201 passengers and crew aboard Boeing 787

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 that skidded off a runway while landing at Tokyo's Narita international airport on February 1, 2019. Kyodo via Reuters
A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 that skidded off a runway while landing at Tokyo's Narita international airport on February 1, 2019. Kyodo via Reuters

A Japan Airlines plane arriving from New Delhi skidded off a snow-bound runway at Narita Airport on Friday, 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, Narita spokesman Kazuhiko Morio said.

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

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 patch of snow on the runway.

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

Television footage showed some snow 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.

Updated: February 1, 2019 10:02 AM

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