Tokyo, May 12, AZERTAC
A TransAsia Airways (GE) flight from Taiwan with 272 passengers onboard made an emergency landing at New Chitose Airport (CTS), Japan on Tuesday noon, due to mechanical failure, according to Japanese media reports.
The incident occurred on an Airbus A330-300 aircraft, Registration B-22101 performing flight GE670 en route from Taiwan to Sapporo when problems arose with the plane's systems. The A330-300 aircraft touched down at New Chitose Airport shortly after 12:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
The airport confirmed the incident and said the flight landed safely at around 12:20 p.m. Affected by the incident, one of two runways will be temporarily closed until the aircraft will be towed back to the gate for "possible oil leak".
According to TransAsia Airways, all 272 passengers and 13 crew were safely evacuated from the plane once it landed at the runway.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
The return flight, scheduled to take off at 1:15 p.m., will be delayed to Tuesday evening. Passengers will be arranged properly by the airline.