Plane skids at Tokyo's Narita Airport, forces runway closure

The Japan Airlines plane is said to have skidded off a patch of snow on a runway at Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture, on Feb 1, 2019.
The Japan Airlines plane is said to have skidded off a patch of snow on a runway at Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture, on Feb 1, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - A Japan Airlines plane from New Delhi skidded off a runway at Narita Airport on Friday (Feb 1), officials told AFP, briefly closing part of Tokyo's main hub.

Spokesmen 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 (6am Singapore time), Narita spokesman Kazuhiko Morio told AFP.

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

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 rare 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 lingering on the ground at the airport, although runways and taxiways were clear.

Judging by the footage, the plane seemed to have suffered no damage in the accident.