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.
Man divorces wife just 15 minutes after Islamic marriage in Dubai
A man in Dubai divorced his bride just 15 minutes after their Islamic marriage as he felt ‘insulted’ by her father’s bride price demands.
The man agreed to pay his new father-in-law Dh100,000 for their wedding but the older man became impatient to get the cash, DailyMail reported.
According to Gulf News, family members and friends accompanied the couple to a Sharia judge’s office to witness the marriage contract being signed. The groom then gave Dh 50,000 on the spot as agreed, with the rest to come after the party left the court building, according to Gulf News.
But, the bride’s father demanded the remaining cash as soon as the signing was over, even though the groom didn’t have it on him.
He said it would only take five minutes to walk to his car, which was parked outside, and get the rest of the bride price.
Instead of letting him retrieve it, the father insisted him to pay either right then or send a friend or relative to get the money while he stayed inside.
The groom felt insulted and demeaned by the series of demands and called off the marriage immediately, a lawyer handling the case said.
‘He told the bride’s father that he did not want his daughter as his wife and divorced her in less than 15 minutes from signing the marriage contract,’ he said.Follow @gorkhapost