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JAL emergency landing leads to Korean sit-in

Date Posted: 2005-04-19

A malfunctioning airspeed indicator forced a Japan Air Lines jetliner to make an emergency landing in Naha Monday, but the suspense didnít come from the unplanned stop.

Flight 713 was headed from Kansai Airport in Osaka to Indonesia when the critical instrument failed, forcing the plane to make a U-turn and land in Okinawa. The problem was that 48 Korean passengers refused to re-board the aircraft to Tokyo, demanding instead they be flown to Bali.

They staged their sit-in at Naha International Airport, arguing JAL has the obligation to get them to Bali. They were part of 157 passengers and ten crew members aboard the aircraft. The passengers insist they had to be in Bali on Tuesday, and said a return to Tokyo would keep them from their destination. As of Tuesday night, JAL was still contemplating what to do, and the passengers were maintaining their vigil in the international terminal at Naha Airport.

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