• Kyodo


A Nippon Cargo Airlines jumbo jet caught a sudden wind gust while landing at Narita airport Thursday, causing one of the plane’s engines to scrape the runway as the plane veered off its edge, airport authorities said.

No one was injured in the 1:25 p.m. accident involving the Boeing 747 flight from Anchorage, Alaska, with four crew members aboard.

The runway, however, was closed for about 35 minutes because the jet broke six runway lights on landing. Seven incoming flights were diverted to other airports.

According to NCA, an affiliate of All Nippon Airways, after the outer port engine touched the runway, smoke came from a wheel, but no fire broke out. The jet has four engines.

The company says it is investigating the accident and checking the damage to the aircraft.

According to the meteorological observatory at Narita airport, strong winds blew from the morning, with a maximum wind velocity of 82.8 kph at around 11 a.m.

Some flights were diverted to other airports, including Haneda airport in Tokyo, due to the gale, the airport authorities said.

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