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Four hurt as passengers evacuate stricken plane at snow-bound airport

Published 23/02/2016

The domestic flight was bound for Fukuoka in southern Japan
The domestic flight was bound for Fukuoka in southern Japan

More than 160 passengers and crew were forced to slide down emergency chutes in swirling snow after engine smoke forced a Japan Airlines domestic flight to abort take-off, Japanese media said.

National broadcaster NHK showed video of the passengers evacuating and gathering on the snow-covered tarmac at New Chitose Airport, which serves the city of Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan's northern-most main island.

At least four passengers were injured during the evacuation and taken to hospital, Kyodo News agency said, citing rescue officials.

Kyodo said the engine stalled after sucking in snow, and there was an explosive sound when a pilot restarted it, with smoke entering the cabin.

The Boeing 737 with 159 passengers and six crew on board was bound for Fukuoka in southern Japan.

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