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China-US Delta flight makes emergency landing in Tokyo

The Delta flight travelling from Shanghai to Seattle landed in Tokyo after a possible fuel leak.

world Updated: Dec 14, 2017 14:59 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Tokyo
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A Delta Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Tokyo.(REUTERS)

A Delta flight travelling from Shanghai to Seattle made an emergency landing on Thursday in Tokyo due to a possible fuel leak, a Japanese transport ministry official said.

None of the flight’s 220 passengers and crew members was hurt in the incident, the official said.

Delta 588, a Boeing 767-300, left the Chinese metropolis at 12.50pm Chinese time (0450 GMT), according to the company.

Its pilot declared an emergency to the Japanese aviation authority as the plane flew over Japan, the official told AFP.

“At 3.27pm (0627 GMT), the pilot told the air traffic service that there might be a possible fuel leak from the right wing,” the official said.

“An emergency was declared. The aircraft landed normally at Narita airport at 4.21pm (0721 GMT),” he said.

The airport dispatched 15 fire engines but they did not see any evidence of fuel leaking from the plane or any fuel dripping on the airport’s runway, the official added.

First Published: Dec 14, 2017 14:59 IST