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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Airbus Updates No.360

Incident: Korean A380 HL7611 at Tokyo on Jul 21st 2011, engine pod strike

A Korean Air Airbus A380-800, registration HL7611 performing flight KE-701 from Seoul (South Korea) to Tokyo Narita (Japan) with 168 people on board, landed on Tokyo's runway 34L at a right bank angle sufficient to have the outboard right engine's pod contact the runway surface. The airplane rolled out safely at around 11:20L (02:20Z) and taxied to the apron.

The airport reported the runway was closed for about 20 minutes for a runway inspection which revealed scratch marks on the runway surface.

Following checks the aircraft was able to perform its return flight KE-702 normally reaching Seoul with a delay of one hour.

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