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ANA jet makes emergency landing at Fukuoka Airport after engine trouble

Mechanics examine the right engine on an All Nippon Airways Boeing 767-300 at Fukuoka Airport in the city's Hakata Ward on Dec. 19, 2019, after making an emergency landing due to engine trouble. (Mainichi/Noriko Tokuno)

FUKUOKA -- An All Nippon Airways (ANA) jet made an emergency landing at Fukuoka Airport in southwestern Japan on the morning of Dec. 19 after one of its two engines apparently developed trouble, the airport office and the airline said.

The aircraft, a Boeing 767-300, landed safely and none of the 278 passengers and crewmembers were injured.

The plane, on ANA Flight 246 bound for Tokyo's Haneda Airport, took off from Fukuoka Airport at 9:51 a.m., about 10 minutes behind schedule. Shortly afterwards, the captain radioed to the air traffic control tower reporting that the plane's right engine had developed trouble and asked to return to Fukuoka Airport, according to the airport office and the airline.

After an indicator showed that the temperature of the right engine was rising, it was shut down and the jet landed at Fukuoka Airport at around 10:15 a.m.

A female passenger on the flight said, "I heard an impact noise shortly after taking off, and the lighting in the cabin temporarily went out. An announcement from the flight deck said that an engine had caught fire and that it was being dealt with and that it wouldn't pose any danger to the flight."

(Japanese original by Yoshihito Asano and Akira Iida, Kyushu News Department)

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