Smoke emanates from ANA aircraft upon landing at Shin Chitose Airport in Japan

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24th April 2024 – (Tokyo) An All Nippon Airways (ANA) aircraft displayed signs of distress as smoke was observed emanating from the wing area shortly after the plane touched down at Shin Chitose Airport, northern Japan. This was reported by NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster.

The aircraft, Flight ANA 71, had departed from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and was carrying approximately 200 passengers. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported as a result of the incident. Observers noted that the smoke ceased once the aircraft’s engines were shut down.

Preliminary reports from NHK suggest that the smoke could have been caused by an oil leakage. An indicator in the cockpit had earlier signalled a loss of oil pressure in a system critical to controlling the aircraft, which might have contributed to the incident.

Following the occurrence, one of the airport’s two runways was temporarily closed, impacting the airport operations briefly. Officials from ANA were not immediately available to provide comments on the incident.

This event comes just months after a severe mishap at Haneda Airport involving a Japan Airlines flight and a Coast Guard plane, which resulted in a collision and subsequent fire. Although all 379 passengers and crew members aboard the JAL flight were safely evacuated and survived, the coast guard plane’s pilot sustained injuries and five crew members lost their lives.