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Jet in forced landing at Pudong

A JAPAN Airlines passenger plane carrying 208 passengers and 14 crew made a safe emergency landing at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport shortly after take-off yesterday afternoon.

No casualties were reported, local border inspection sources said.

Flight JL8878 took off at 2:30pm from Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport and was heading to Tokyo's Haneda Airport when problems occurred.

The crew noticed engine problems and the plane began to shake slightly, Pudong border inspection authorities told Xinhua News Agency.

The crew wanted an emergency landing at Hongqiao after the engine problems developed, said Liu Yongjian, an immigration officer.

But the plane was diverted instead to land at Pudong International Airport because there were no immediate landing slots available at Hongqiao Airport, he added.

The aircraft landed at Pudong at 3:15pm with no causalities reported.

An initial investigation indicates a bird strike 10 minutes after take-off, however the exact cause of the incident remains under investigation.

About 70 passengers were re-booked onto other flights to Japan yesterday afternoon and remaining travelers will leave Shanghai today, authorities said.

Japan Airlines operates daily flights between Hongqiao Airport and Haneda Airport.


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