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Japan Flight Forced To Land

October 18, 1999

TOKYO (AP) _ A Japan Airlines flight was forced to make a rushed landing at Tokyo’s main international airport because it was running short of fuel, an airline spokesman said today.

Flight 007 landed safely at Narita Airport on Sunday afternoon, JAL spokesman Takeshi Suzuki said. None of the 18 crew and 298 passengers aboard the flight was injured.

The Narita-bound flight from New York was 87 minutes behind schedule. The pilot of the Boeing 747-400 decided to make the emergency landing for the sake of caution after strong prevailing westerly winds caused the plane to consume more fuel than expected.

It was allowed to land ahead of other flights in line for arrival, officials said.

Narita Airport is 40 miles northeast of Tokyo.

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