China Airlines jet makes emergency Japan landing


TOKYO, AP

A China Airlines (CAL) plane was forced to make an emergency landing at an airport in western Japan on Wednesday after it ran out of fuel, an airport official said.

The CAL jet was on its way from Taipei to an airport in central Japan, but its pilots requested a landing at Kansai International Airport, saying the plane had insufficient fuel to complete its journey, according to airport official Maki Yamanaka.

The plane landed safely at Kansai shortly before 9 p.m., and there were no reports of injuries to the passengers or crew, Yamanaka said.

Yamanaka could not immediately say how many people were on board. The plane was refueled and was expected to take off shortly for Chubu International Airport, its intended destination, Yamanaka said.

On Monday, another China Airlines jet burst into flames just seconds after its passengers and crew escaped to safety at Okinawa’s Naha airport in southern Japan.

Investigators are still examining the wreckage of the plane, focusing on a suspected fuel leak from one of the engines.

China Airlines in Taipei was not immediately available for comment.