Dramatic runway rescue: Korean Air jet catches fire before take-off in Tokyo

(From AP)

An engine fire broke out on a Korean Air jet about to take off from a Tokyo airport Friday, and seven people may have been injured, an official said.

Firefighters work on a Korean Air jet sitting on the white foam-covered tarmac following an engine fire at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Tokyo, Friday, May 27, 2016. The engine fire broke out on the Korean Air jet about to take off from the airport on Friday, and some people may have been injured, an airport official said. Firefighters put out the blaze within the hour, and all passengers and crew were evacuated. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Firefighters work on a Korean Air jet sitting on the white foam-covered tarmac following an engine fire at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Friday

Firefighters put out the blaze within the hour, and all 302 passengers and 17 crewmembers were evacuated, said Kyosuke Okada, a government official assigned to Haneda. There were unconfirmed reports that two men and five women were injured, but Okada said details were unknown.

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. Read More



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