01 Feb 2015 - The Japanese Transport Safety Board have issued their final report into the runway overrun of 737-900, HL7599 at Niigata on Aug 5th 2013. The report is available at the following link here.
On Monday, August 5, 2013, a Boeing 737-900, registered HL7599, operated by Korean Air as the scheduled flight KAL 763, was unable to stop within the runway 10 in Niigata Airport after landing, and came to rest with the nose gear trespassing into the grass area of the easterly end of the runway at 19:42 Japan Standard Time. A total of 115 persons on board, including a captain, eight crewmembers, and 106 passengers did not suffer any injuries.
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The report contains the following Probable Causes
It is highly probable that this serious incident occurred when the Aircraft landed on runway 10 in
Niigata Airport, the Captain did not let the Aircraft reduce enough lower speed to approach the
runway threshold lights that the Captain understood as the stop bar lights for the intersecting
runway 04/22, which the Captain was holding a doubt, and when the Captain realized there was no
runway beyond the red lights, the Aircraft could not stop within the runway anymore, resulting in
It is also somewhat likely that the following reasons contributed to the occurrence of this serious incident: - The Captain and the F/O were not familiar with Niigata Airport which had a intersecting runway, and they had difficulty to identify the intersecting position with runway 04/22 because ground objects and others which pilots could observe during night landing were limited. In such circumstances, it was difficult for them to judge the speed of the Aircraft in the low speed area in which they did not count on the airspeed indicator.