Vietnam Airlines jet catches fire at Narita


CHIBA – An engine on a Vietnam Airlines jet caught fire shortly after it arrived at Narita International Airport early Wednesday from Ho Chi Minh City, but none of the 277 passengers and crew members was hurt, airport officials said.

The plane taxied to its designated gate and the passengers got off by around 7:55 a.m.

The engine caught fire at around 8:30 a.m. and firefighters were engaged for several minutes trying to extinguish it.

The runway the jetliner landed on was closed for 14 minutes, but no abnormalities were found and no other flights were disrupted, the officials said.

The cause of the fire was being investigated, they said.

The Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission decided to send investigators after judging it to be a serious incident, transport ministry officials said.