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Investigators sent to Asiana A320 runway excursion in Hiroshima

South Korea is dispatching investigators to the Hiroshima airport incident site where an Asiana Airlines Airbus A320-200 slid off the runway while landing.

The investigators from South Korea's Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board will be accompanied by safety inspectors from Asiana, says the country's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The A320 was arriving at Hiroshima from Seoul when it slid off the runway at about 20:05 local time. Asiana says the cause of the incident is not known yet. Meteorological data indicates that there was rain and fog at the scheduled time of arrival of the flight.

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Media reports say more than 20 people on board the aircraft were injured, although this is not confirmed by the ministry or the airline.

A total of 81 people, including eight crew members, were on board the aircraft.

Asiana confirms that the aircraft is registered HL7762. The aircraft is powered by International Aero Engines V2500s and was built in 2007, Ascend Fleets shows. It had accumulated more than 22,900h as of 31 January.

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