All Nippon Airways' 737 overruns runway at Shonai airport

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The Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) is investigating an incident involving an All Nippon Airways Boeing 737-800 that overran the runway while landing at Shonai airport in north Japan.

The incident happened on 8 December at 22:26 local time. The aircraft, with registration JA57AN, was travelling on the Tokyo Haneda-Sakata route.

The aircraft was descending towards the runway when it had to make a go-around as air traffic control decided that the runway had to be cleared of snow, says an ANA spokesman.

As the weather conditions improved and snow was removed from the runway, the aircraft proceeded to land.

"Wind, weather, point of landing and speed were within the bound of regulations," says a spokesman. "The aircraft stopped 80m [262ft] beyond the runway."

None of the 161 passengers and six crew on board the aircraft were injured. It is still unclear whether the aircraft, still parked in an apron area at Shonai airport, is damaged, adds the spokesman.

JTSB has since classified the case as a "serious incident" and investigation is ongoing.