September 5, 2017 / 4:30 AM / 2 years ago

Japan Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Tokyo

A Japan Airlines plane bound for New York that returned to Tokyo's Haneda airport for an emergency landing due to engine trouble, is seen at the airport in Tokyo, Japan September 5, 2017. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japan Airlines (JAL) plane made an emergency landing at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport shortly after takeoff on Tuesday following an apparent bird strike, an airline spokesman said.

There were no injuries among any of the 248 people on board, the spokesman said.

Video footage appeared to show flames shooting from one engine of the Boeing 777 soon after takeoff. A bird strike was believed to be the cause, although it was still being investigated, the spokesman said.

The plane, bound for New York, was carrying 233 passengers and 15 staff.

Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Richard Pullin

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