Authorities investigate Asiana aircraft crash landing at Hiroshima airport

14 April 2015 (Last Updated April 14th, 2015 18:30)

An Asiana Airlines aircraft carrying 74 passengers and seven crew members skidded off the runway at the Hiroshima airport during landing.

An Asiana Airlines aircraft carrying 74 passengers and seven crew members skidded off the runway at the Hiroshima airport during landing.

The accident which saw the plane smashing into a communications antenna called the localiser on landing resulted in 27 people getting injured.

The plain's left side tail got completely damaged due to the impact, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Air safety authorities in Japan have launched an investigation to inspect the incident and determine what led to the accident.

According to reports, the aircraft's crash landing had broken at least one large fragment of the communication tower that is used for sending signals to incoming planes. The tower's antenna got stuck to one of the plane's wheels, reported the Guardian.

The BBC quoted transport ministry officials as saying that one of the wheels of the plane might have clipped the radio facility near the runway on landing.

The airlines later apologised for the incident saying that it had set up a response team to handle the aftermath. It also said that it would cooperate closely with the relevant authorities to help determine the cause of the accident.

The plane was flying to Hiroshima from South Korea's Incheon airport near Seoul.

The Hiroshima accident is similar in nature to another incident to the Asiana flight crash in San Francisco in July 2013 which killed three people and injured 182.

While the cause of Tuesday's accident is unknown, experts are saying that it looked similar to the previous accident, reported AFP.