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Korean Air evacuates passengers due to engine fire

Korean Air evacuates passengers due to engine fire

Japan

Hundreds of passengers on board a Korean Air plane were forced to evacuate the plane at Japan’s Haneda Airport in Tokyo after its engine caught fire during take off.

Video footage provided by an unidentified witness showed passengers sliding down evacuation slides and running across a field away from the Boeing 777, reports Reuters.

The flight was due to fly to Seoul when it caught fire.

Japanese transport and airport officials said smoke was seen coming from the plane as it was about to take off.

No injuries were reported among the 300 passengers and 17 crew on board, but the incident caused significant disruption, temporarily closing down Japan’s busiest aviation hub.

Haneda Airport, located on Tokyo Bay, handles around 550 flights daily.

Images of the stranded Boeing 777 showed the aircraft covered in foam after firefighters blanketed its left engine.

The aircraft, which was due to fly to Seoul in South Korea, is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.

Euronews

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