Korean Air aircraft evacuated at Haneda Airport in Japan
Tokyo, Japan - The left engine of Korean carrier's Boeing 777 took fire just before its take-off
A Boeing 777 of Korean Air was evacuated this morning at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan, after one of the engines of the aircraft took fire shortly before the take-off. 302 passengers and 17 crew members were disembarked from 2708 flight headed to Seoul (South Korea), while the airport was temporarily closed to allow rescue operations; meanwhile 297 flights were cancelled and 57 airplanes diverted elsewhere, now the situation has normalized. There were no injuries, but 30 people suffered of sickness after the episode. Two fighter-fire vans intervened to quell the flames erupted in the left engine of the plane and to stop the spread of a thick smoke cloud along the side of the aircraft, while travellers came down with the help of 4 emergency slides. It is not known the cause of the fire; the engines of the Korean Air Boeing, PW4000, were produced by Pratt & Whitney.
World Aeronautical Press Agency