Sunday 14 April 2024

Asiana Airlines Flight 162

ASIANA AIRBUS A330-323 HL-7795 (MSN 1211)

On the 14th of April 2015, Asiana Airlines flight 162, a regular short-haul international passenger service from Incheon International Airport (ICN/RKSI) near Seoul, South Korea, to Hiroshima Airport (HIJ/RJOA) in Japan, experienced a severe incident. The Airbus A320-232 aircraft undershot the runway, collided with the localizer array, skidded tail-first onto the runway, and rotated 120 degrees before halting on the grass opposite the terminal. The left wing and engine were significantly damaged. 
Out of 82 individuals on board, 27 sustained injuries ranging from mild to severe, with one being critical. Although both pilots were experienced with Hiroshima Airport, this was their first flight together.

The Osaka Regional Civil Aviation Bureau of the transport ministry reported that the crew attempted a landing in the dark and bad weather without an instrument landing system, which is usually only available when approaching from the west. However, due to wind conditions, they were instructed to approach from the east. Officials indicated that the pilot tried to land using visual aids like runway centerline lights, which are typically utilized in clear conditions.

The aircraft was declared a total loss, marking it the 32nd hull loss of an Airbus A320.

Aircraft Information:
Airline: Asiana Airlines
Code: OZ/AAR
Aircraft: Airbus A320-232
Registration: HL7762
Serial Number: 3244
Engines: 2 x IAE V2527-A5
First Flew: 30/08/2007
Age at crash: 7.6 Years

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