Bird strike causes emergency landing of Japan Airlines flight

Published on : Tuesday, September 5, 2017

2000px-japan_airlines_logo-svgA plane of Japan Airlines headed for New York had to make an emergency landing at Tokyo airport on Tuesday on account of engine issues apparently owing to a bird strike, as reported by the airlines.


About 233 passengers were travelling aboard the Boeing 777 plane and 15 crew members.


The plane had taken off from Haneda airport of Tokyo around 11.00 a.m. But, it returned to land after an hour. As per the footage shown by public broadcaster NHK, the plane had landed an hour later.


A spokesman of Japan Airlines told the media that a bird had got sucked inside the plane while it was taking off.


He then went on to add that the plane ‘discarded fuel in the air’ to minimize the weight prior to the landing. The spokesman said that there were no injuries among any of the 248 people present on board. According to a land ministry official, a grass field close to one of the four runways caught fire briefly after the JAL jet departed.


However, it was extinguished very soon.


He said that this runway was closed as there might be certain portions might have been dropped from the plane.


Currently, there is no information about any kind of damage sustained by the plane and there are no major delays on account of the incident.


The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) said that bird strikes are not very dangerous.


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