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JAL flight turns back after engine failure

Date Posted: 2006-01-24

Only moments after taking off from Naha International Airport, a Japan Airlines flight was forced to make a return emergency landing after an engine quit.

The Boeing 777 twin-engine jet began its 5:27pm Tokyo flight normally Monday, but quickly found itself in trouble. Only minutes into the flight, alarms began sounding, alerting the cockpit crew the right engine’s hydraulic pressure had failed. Emergency actions by the pilot quickly shut down the troubled engine, and then the passengers were reassured.

Twelve minutes later, Flight 1922 was making a return to Okinawa, and the pilot assured the crew and 355 persons aboard the damaged jetliner there was no problem. He quietly reassured everyone the plane could fly on a single engine, telling passengers “the hydraulic pressure in the right engine had dropped to zero.” One passenger says the pilot was so calm, she wasn’t afraid.

After landing at Naha, officials say mechanics checking the right engine discovered it had lost all oil. Reports came out that traces and puddles of oil were on the tarmac beneath the jet. Japan Airlines officials say they will be investigating.

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