Friday 2 December 2016

Engine fire drama as jet prepares for takeoff at Tokyo airport

Published 27/05/2016 | 07:50

Firefighters gather near an engine of a Korean Air jet following an apparent engine fire on the tarmac at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Friday, May 27, 2016. All the passengers and crew were evacuated unharmed, Japanese media reported. (Kyodo News via AP)
Firefighters gather near an engine of a Korean Air jet following an apparent engine fire on the tarmac at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Friday, May 27, 2016. All the passengers and crew were evacuated unharmed, Japanese media reported. (Kyodo News via AP)
Firefighters work on a Korean Air jet sitting on the white foam-covered tarmac following an engine fire at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Tokyo (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Firefighters work by a Korean Air jet sitting on the white foam-covered tarmac following an apparent engine fire at Haneda Airport in Tokyo (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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.

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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.

Press Association

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