Passengers traveling from Tokyo to Seoul have been evacuated from a Boeing 777 flight after one of the plane's engines caught fire. The Haneda airport was temporarily shut down following the incident.
Firefighters and rescue workers removed 319 passengers and crew from the plane on Friday after smoke came out of the plane's left engine. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
According to Kyosuke Okada, a government official assigned toTokyo's Haneda airport
, there were unconfirmed reports of two men and five women being injured.
Images relayed by Japan's international broadcaster NHK showed firefighters putting out the blaze.
Almost the entire left side of the aircraft, where the engine caught fire, was covered in white foam. The Boeing 777 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines. Passengers and crew members were evacuated with the help of emergency slides.
The Korean Air flight 2708 was flying to Seoul's Gimpo airport. The runway used by the plane was closed down and all flights from the Haneda airport were halted for some time.
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