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Korean Air jet went 700 meters down runway after engine caught fire at Haneda

Kyodo

A Korean Air jetliner went 700 meters down the runway after a problem in its left engine forced it to abort takeoff at Tokyo’s Haneda airport Friday, the Japan Transport Safety Board said Saturday.

The government body found engine parts scattered in an area some 600 meters from the point where the Seoul-bound Boeing 777-300 began accelerating and tire marks a further 700 meters ahead, according to board members.

The board plans to investigate the cause of the accident by interviewing the pilot and analyzing the flight recorder.

Flight 2708 aborted takeoff after the engine caught fire, forcing all 319 passengers and crew on board to evacuate. The evacuation left 19 people injured or feeling unwell.

Problems occurred with the aircraft’s No. 1 engine after it began accelerating down the runway at around 12:40 p.m., according to the transport ministry and Korean Air.

The incident forced the closure of the runway, which was reopened about six hours later once the stricken aircraft was removed. Operation of three other runways at the airport was also suspended, but resumed shortly after 2:30 p.m., according to the ministry.

The incident occurred amid increased security at one of the nation’s busiest airports as Japan hosted the Group of Seven summit in Mie Prefecture on Thursday and Friday.