Engine fire drama as jet prepares for takeoff at Tokyo airport
Published 27/05/2016 | 07:50
An engine fire broke out on a Korean Air jet about to take off from a Tokyo airport, and some people may have been injured.
Firefighters put out the blaze within an hour, and all passengers and crew were evacuated, but some people may have been injured, an official at Haneda Airport said.
Japanese television broadcast live images of at least two fire trucks blanketing the left-side engine and almost the entire side of the plane with what appeared to be white foam as smoke came out the back of the engine.
A large crowd was gathered on a wide grassy area next to the runway and near the choppy waters of Tokyo Bay. Emergency chutes were deployed from the plane's doors.
All 302 passengers and 17 crew were evacuated, but there were unconfirmed reports that two men and five women were injured, said Kyosuke Okada, a government official assigned to Haneda.
Flight 2708 was headed to Seoul. The runway the plane was using has been closed and all other flights have been temporarily halted, Mr Okada said.
He said the cause of the fire was still unknown.