Korean Air jet catches fire at Tokyo airport

Japanese firefighters spraying foam into the engine of a Korean Air jet that caught fire as the aircraft was preparing to take off from Haneda Airport in Tokyo yesterday. All 319 passengers and crew were evacuated safely. The fire in the left engine
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Japanese firefighters spraying foam into the engine of a Korean Air jet that caught fire as the aircraft was preparing to take off from Haneda Airport in Tokyo yesterday. All 319 passengers and crew were evacuated safely. The fire in the left engine led to the temporary closure of Haneda Airport, Japan's busiest aviation hub, with nearly 300 flights cancelled and 57 planes diverted elsewhere. No serious injuries were reported, although about 30 passengers said they felt unwell, broadcaster NHK said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2016, with the headline 'Korean Air jet catches fire at Tokyo airport'. Print Edition | Subscribe