Jetliner makes emergency landing in Japan


TOKYO, AP

A Northwest Airlines passenger jet made an emergency landing at Tokyo’s international airport after one set of its wheels failed to descend Tuesday, an airport spokesman said.

The incident forced the airport to shut down its only runway and suspend all flights for one hour and 20 minutes, said Narita Airport spokesman Minoru Abe.

None of the 410 passengers and crew was injured.

Northwest Airlines flight 28, headed to Tokyo from Manila, notified the airport that its landing gear were stuck and the runway was cleared, he said.

Abe initially said the plane made a belly landing, but that was incorrect. One of the plane’s three sets of landing gear failed to descend properly, but the other two supported it as it landed, he said.

Northwest Airlines officials could not be reached for comment.

It was the second time in two days that a Northwest Airlines plane had made an emergency landing at Narita Airport.

On Monday, a Northwest Airlines jet with 295 people aboard returned to Tokyo after the pilots’ instruments warned of engine trouble.

None of the 279 passengers and 16 crew members on board that flight was injured. The problem with the engine’s hydraulics was fixed and the plane flew later in the day to Los Angeles.