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Narita International Airport shuts runway after Air Canada plane enters wrong taxiway

Kyodo

Narita International Airport closed one of its two runways for several hours Monday after an Air Canada plane entered the wrong taxiway after landing.

It took more than five hours before passengers were able to begin disembarking the Boeing 787 aircraft from Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport, which mistakenly entered the taxiway and stopped there at around 3:45 p.m. The taxiway is under construction.

The plane was carrying about 210 passengers and crew members, according to the transport ministry. There were no reports of injuries.

Among the passengers were members of Japan’s national men’s underwater hockey team, returning home after taking part in the world championship in Canada.

“I was worried because the in-flight announcement was difficult to understand and it wasn’t clear when the situation was going to end,” said the team’s coach, Kazuhiko Saito.

The plane was stranded on the taxiway alongside the airport’s Runway B. It was later towed by vehicles after steel sheets were placed on the rough road surface.

Due to the closure, Jetstar Japan canceled six domestic flights while some planes were forced to divert to different airports, the airport’s operator said.

The runway was reopened at about 10 p.m.

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