A Korean Air Boeing 777-300, registration HL7534 performing flight KE-2708 from Tokyo Haneda (Japan) to Seoul Gimpo (South Korea) with 302 passengers and 17 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Haneda’s runway 34R when unusual vibrations were felt throughout the aircraft and smoke was seen from the left hand engine (PW4098). The crew rejected takeoff at low speed and stopped the aircraft about 1300 meters/4200 feet down the runway. Large flames were seen from the left hand engine, the aircraft was evacuated. 12 occupants received injuries in the evacuation.
Japan’s Ministry of Transport reported the tower controllers observed flames and smoke from the left hand engine and instructed the crew to stop. An investigation into the occurrence has been opened.
The Aviation Herald