Fire Breaks out on HCMC-Tokyo Plane, All Safe

A fire broke out yesterday inside a passenger plane operated by national flag carrier Viet Nam Airlines after it landed in Japan from Ho Chi Minh City but none of the 264 passengers and 13 crew members was injured.

One of the 10 Boeing 777s owned by Viet Nam Airlines at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

After landing on the runway at Narita Airport near Tokyo, the Boeing 777 on flight VN950 was detected by an air traffic controller to be issuing white smoke from its right engine at 7:41 am (2241 GMT).

But it was not until around an hour after the passengers had disembarked that a fire ignited in the right hand engine which was quickly extinguished by fire-fighters at the airport.

Plumes of white smoke could be seen billowing out.

At present, the plane is being kept at the Narita Airport for investigation and repairs. Viet Nam Airlines own 10 such Boeing 777s.

According to the airlines’ official statement, the crew took immediate action "with due technical and safety procedures".

The national flag carrier said that it is coordinating with Japanese authorities to investigate into the incident.

Source: Tuoi Tre - Translated by BH

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