Three people were taken to hospital after Japan Airlines Co. evacuated passengers from a Boeing 737 aircraft just before a domestic flight as smoke entered the cabin of the plane.
Smoke came out of the right engine and the airline is investigating the cause of the incident, a Japan Air spokesman told Bloomberg News.
The carrier evacuated 159 passengers and six crew members from the aircraft, the airline said in a statement.
The jet, powered by CFM International engines, was to head to Fukuoka from New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, northern Japan. CFM is a venture of General Electric Co. and France’s Safran SA.
The right engine “experienced trouble” on a taxiway and escape slides were activated after smoke was found in the cabin, the airline said.
Boeing said it was aware of the situation and is working with the airline.
The incident comes a day after an ANA Holdings Inc.’s Dreamliner bound for Tokyo made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur after receiving a warning that the temperature of the exhaust gas from its right engine was very high.
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