Smoker Causes Early Plane Landing
May. 16, 2002
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TOKYO (AP) _ A smoker forced a Japan Airlines jet with 255 passengers to make an emergency landing Thursday.
JAL Flight 964 en route to Japan's Kansai Airport from Seoul, South Korea, was in its final preparations for landing when flight attendants noticed smoke coming from a lavatory.
The pilot asked air traffic controllers at the airport near Osaka, western Japan, for clearance to make an emergency landing, airport official Yoshiyuki Koyano said.
The DC10 touched down safely Thursday night a few minutes before schedule. There were no injuries.
Flight crew found a burning cigarette butt in the lavatory.
The smoker has not been identified.