An All Nippon Airway (ANA)'s overran airplane is seen at Shonai Airport in Sakata, in this photo taken by Kyodo, December 9, 2012. An ANA Co flight from Tokyo's Haneda airport overran the runway at Shonai Airport in Yamagata Prefecture on Saturday night.
None of the 161 passengers and six crew members were injured and no damage to the Boeing 737-800 plane was reported after the incident late Saturday, ANA said in a statement.
Japan's transport ministry however considered it a serious incident that could have caused a disaster and sent investigators to the scene.
An ANA spokesman denied an earlier report that the aircraft's automatic braking system failed.
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TOKYO, Dec. 9 — An airplane overshot the runway at the Shonai Airport in Japan’s Yamagata Prefecture late Saturday and injured no one.
The flight, which belongs to All Nippon Airways Co., was from Tokyo’s Haneda airport to the Shonai airport.
The plane’s automatic braking system did not work after landing at the airport. The pilot put on the brake manually, but most of the plane’s body overran the runway, according to the company.
About 161 passengers and six crew members were on board. No one was injured and the plane was also not damaged, said the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
It was snowing at the time of the accident. The plane hovered more than an hour over the airport before ground crew finished snow removal.