July 13, 2024

JAL Flight Makes Safe Emergency Landing in Aomori Due to Engine Fire

A Japan Airlines flight bound for Osaka made an emergency landing at Aomori Airport after an engine fire was detected. All 47 passengers and crew members are safe.

An Embraer jet of JAL

Image Source: Japan Aviation Hub

A Japan Airlines flight returned to Aomori Airport on Saturday after receiving a system message indicating a potential engine fire. Flight JL2154, en route to Osaka, was carrying 47 people, including five crew members. The cockpit message suggested that the left engine was on fire, prompting the plane to return to Aomori. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

JAL stated that they are verifying whether the engine actually caught fire. The Embraer jet landed safely back at Aomori Airport after the fire signal disappeared following the crew’s decision to halt the engine.

Japan Airlines has been under intense scrutiny since January due to several safety incidents. Earlier this year, one of its aircraft collided with a small coast guard plane on the runway at Haneda Airport, resulting in the deaths of five people on the coast guard plane. The Airbus jetliner involved burst into flames, but all passengers and crew were evacuated safely.

In May, a JAL pilot at Fukuoka Airport failed to correctly repeat air traffic controller instructions and moved beyond a stop line, entering the runway without clearance. Additionally, there was an incident where the wingtips of two JAL planes made contact at Haneda Airport. One plane was reversing to prepare for takeoff while the other was moving to an adjacent parking spot. The reversing plane, bound for Hokkaido with 328 passengers and crew, had to cancel the flight.

JAL recently submitted a safety improvement report to the transport ministry, with Chief Executive Officer Mitsuko Tottori pledging to restore public trust.

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