Last updated: 11:10 AM ET, Tue August 16 2016

Japanese Airplane’s Engine Explodes As It Prepares for Takeoff

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 16, 2016

Japanese Airplane’s Engine Explodes As It Prepares for Takeoff

Photo via Twitter

On Sunday, an All Nippon Airways plane was forced to abandon a takeoff when one of its engines exploded on the runway.

According to China Aviation Daily, All Nippon Airways Flight NH959 was preparing to take off from Narita International Airport in Japan for a trip to Shanghai, China, when the Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner suffered an engine issue.

The plane began accelerating for takeoff at around 2:25 p.m. local time when its left engine—a Rolls Royce Trent 1000—produced a loud bang and flames, which caused the flight crew to abandon the takeoff.

Of the 240 people on board the flight, there were no injuries reported.

AirLive’s Twitter account shared an image of the All Nippon Airways plane’s engine on fire:

The damaged airplane was removed from the runway, and airport personnel were forced to close the area for around an hour while they removed debris, including reported blades from the plane’s engine.

Passengers were switched to another All Nippon Airways plane and arrived in Shanghai three hours after their scheduled arrival time.


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