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Reports: Asiana Airlines plane skids off runway in Japan; about 20 injured slightly

  • An injured passenger of an Asiana Airlines plane that skidded off a runway after landing at Hiroshima Airport is helped to get on an ambulance in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The Hiroshima airport reported that the tail of the Airbus 320 plane from Seoul, South Korea, touched the runway while landing, causing some sparks, but there were no flames, the Mihara City fire department said. About 20 people among 74 passengers and eight crew members were injured slightly, officials said. (Shinpei Sakaguchi/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

    An injured passenger of an Asiana Airlines plane that skidded off a runway after landing at Hiroshima Airport is helped to get on an ambulance in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The Hiroshima airport reported that the tail of the Airbus 320 plane from Seoul, South Korea, touched the runway while landing, causing some sparks, but there were no flames, the Mihara City fire department said. About 20 people among 74 passengers and eight crew members were injured slightly, officials said. (Shinpei Sakaguchi/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY  (The Associated Press)

  • Passengers who escaped from an Asiana Airlines plane that skidded off a runway after landing at Hiroshima Airport speak to the media at the airport in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The Hiroshima airport reported that the tail of the Airbus 320 plane from Seoul, South Korea, touched the runway while landing, causing some sparks, but there were no flames, the Mihara City fire department said. About 20 people among 74 passengers and eight crew members were injured slightly, officials said. (Shinpei Sakaguchi/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

    Passengers who escaped from an Asiana Airlines plane that skidded off a runway after landing at Hiroshima Airport speak to the media at the airport in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The Hiroshima airport reported that the tail of the Airbus 320 plane from Seoul, South Korea, touched the runway while landing, causing some sparks, but there were no flames, the Mihara City fire department said. About 20 people among 74 passengers and eight crew members were injured slightly, officials said. (Shinpei Sakaguchi/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY  (The Associated Press)

News reports say an Asiana Airlines plane skidded off a runway after landing in western Japan and about 20 passengers received minor injuries.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK said the accident Tuesday forced the closure of Hiroshima airport.

It said the Airbus 320 plane was carrying 74 passengers and seven crewmembers from Seoul, South Korea. It said they were evacuated using escape chutes, and no was seriously injured.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known. Reports said the airport informed fire officials that part of the aircraft touched the runway during the landing, causing some sparks.

No other details were immediately available.

An Asiana Airlines flight crashed two years ago as it approached San Francisco's airport in an accident that killed three teenagers and injured nearly 200 others.