Korean Air passengers recall near-disaster at Tokyo airport
May 28 2016 08:41 AM
An aerial picture shows passengers after they escaped from a Korean Air Lines plane whose engine had
An aerial picture shows passengers after they escaped from a Korean Air Lines plane whose engine had caught fire at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, May 27, 2016

AFP/Seoul

Passengers of a Korean Air plane recalled the terrifying moment one of the aircraft's twin engines caught fire as it was gaining speed for take-off at Tokyo's Haneda airport.

All 302 passengers and 17 crew members were evacuated safely from the Korean Air Boeing 777 on Friday, escaping down the plane's inflatable emergency evacuation slides onto the runway.
"As the plane was picking up speed to take off, there was a bang and I saw a plume of black smoke rising from the wing," Keum Min-Woo, 34, told journalists after the passengers arrived in Seoul on an alternative flight late Friday.
Crew members calmly led passengers into safety, Keum said.
Another passenger Hwang Kyung-Tae, 59, said the plane screeched to a halt after the explosion.
"A minute passed and we were told to evacuate. If the plane had taken off several minutes earlier, we all would have died," said Hwang.
Kim Byung-Jin, 47, had a bandage over his forehead from a cut he suffered when he bumped into another passenger as they were coming down an evacuation slide.
TV footage aired Friday showed the plane, which was bound for South Korea's Gimpo International, surrounded by red fire trucks and with the area around its left wing doused in foam.
The South Korean transport ministry sent a team of investigators to Japan on Friday to assist the local authorities in determining the cause of the accident.
The plane had been in service for 15 years and the troubled engine was installed a year and a half ago, a Korean Air official said.



There are no comments.

LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
MORE NEWS
Cool comfort date8/22/2019 1:43:31 AM