Narrative:Poor weather at Pyongyang (FNJ) forced the Tupolev to abort the approach. After holding for a while the crew attempted to land. During landing rollout the airplane exited the runway reportedly coming to rest against radar equipment.
Initial reports said that Tu-154B P-551 was involved in the mishap, based on a photograph of the plane in a field at Pyongyang. This however seems unlikely as the plane was already parked at that spot before the date of the mishap. It seems that P-561, a regular visitor on the Beijing flights, could have been the mishap plane.
» Flight Exclusive: First picture of runway overrun North Korean Air Koryo Tupolev Tu-154 (Flight 31/08/06)
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Beijing-Capital Airport to Pyongyang-Sunan Aiport as the crow flies is 778 km (486 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.