Last updated: 04:21 PM ET, Wed April 08 2015

Japan Airlines Flight Lands Safely After Pilot Shuts Down Engine

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | April 08, 2015

Japan Airlines Flight Lands Safely After Pilot Shuts Down Engine

Photo courtesy of AFP

A Japan Airlines flight bound for the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido had to return to Haneda airport in Tokyo after the pilot shut down an engine, the Associated Press reported.

JAL Flight 521, a Boeing 777-200 with 228 passengers and 11 crewmembers, was en route to its destination when cockpit indicator lights informed the pilot that there was something wrong with the right-side engine. The specific malfunction is under investigation, but the warning caused the pilot to shut the engine off and turn around.

Fire engines met the plane at the runway, but there was no fire or smoke coming from the engine. The aircraft landed without incident, and the passengers took a later flight to Hokkaido.

Flight 521’s engine trouble was the second Japan Airlines mechanical issue this week. A Tokyo-bound JAL Boeing 787 returned safely to Moscow's Domodedovo airport after problems with landing wheel storage.

Japanese television aired video of the landing. Note how the right-side engine turbine isn't spinning as fast as the left:

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