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Hundreds of passengers evacuated after fire in Korean plane in Tokyo

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TOKYO — Around 300 passengers and crew members have been evacuated from a Korean Air Boeing 777 at Tokyo’s Haneda airport after one of the engines caught fire.

Television footage from the airport 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 plane’s inflatable emergency evacuation slides had all been deployed.

“The flight had a fire on Engine No.1,” a Korean Air spokesman said.

“The plane bound to [Gimpo] Airport from Haneda had 302 passengers and 17 crew members on board. [The] fire was apparently put out.”

Smoke was seen coming from the plane as it was about to take off, Japanese transport and airport officials said.

Passengers and crew were evacuated and there were no reported serious injuries.

“So far we know that 19 people were [lightly] injured, some of whom said they feel ill,” a fire department official said.

Dozens of fire engines were deployed to the scene and have almost put out the fire.

Local media said police had so far discovered no information linked to criminality and reported that the airport, which was closed temporarily, would resume operations on three out of four runways.

The accident affected the travel plans of some 50,000 passengers, causing the cancellation of at least 200 flights.

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First Roland Macaulay Cup to start on November 21

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BIRATNAGAR— The First Roland Macaulay Cup is being held in the capital on November 21-24.

To be organized by the Cricket Association of the Blind, Nepal, cricket clubs–Myagdi, Jhapa, Bardiya and Tribhuvan Army–will participate in the First Roland Macaulay Cup twenty20 cricket tournament, said Pawan Ghimire, the Central President of the Association at a press conference here.

The estimated budget is approximately Rs 750,000. The opening match will be held between Jhapa and Bardiya, said the organizer.

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