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Korean Air plane catches fire on Haneda runway, Tokyo

An aerial picture showing a Korean Air with fire trucks spraying foam at an engine, at Haneda airport in Tokyo 27 May 2016 Image copyright Kyodo/Reuters
Image caption The plane was sprayed with foam to stop the fire spreading

More than 300 passengers and crew were evacuated from a Korean Air plane in Tokyo, Japan after a fire broke out in its left engine.

Flight 2708 was preparing to take off from Haneda airport en route to Seoul on Friday morning, said officials.

The engine was sprayed with foam by fire crews on the runway, which was temporarily closed.

No injuries were immediately reported and the cause of the fire is not yet known.

There were 302 passengers and 17 crew members on board.

Located right next to Tokyo Bay, Haneda is Tokyo's most central major airport and is increasingly used for international flights.

Image copyright AP
Image caption The passengers and crew were gathered by the side of the runway
Image copyright Kyodo/Reuters
Image caption Footage showed the fire crews tackling the blaze

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