Korean Air Jet Engine Catches Fire at Haneda Forcing Evacuation

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A Korean Air Lines Co. plane was evacuated at Tokyo’s Haneda airport after an engine caught fire Friday.

All 302 passengers and 17 crew members disembarked, Kyosuke Okada, a spokesman for Japan’s transport ministry said by telephone Friday. Seven people were injured on the Boeing Co. 777 plane which was about to depart to Seoul from Haneda, he said, without giving details.

All runways at the airport were closed after the engine fire, he said.

Korean Air’s most recent accident was in 2000 when a flap from a Boeing 747 freighter aircraft broke off and punctured the fuselage leaving a one-meter hole, according to the Aviation Safety Network website. There were no fatalities from that incident, Aviation Safety said. Telephone calls to Korean Air’s Tokyo office were unanswered.

In 2013 an Asiana Airlines Inc. plane crash landed in San Francisco, resulting in two deaths and scores of injuries.

Source: bloomberg.com