ceramah.xyz, BEIJING — A North Korean Air Koryo airplane made an emergency landing in China’s northeastern city of Shenyang on Friday after smoke appeared from the cabin, although there were no injuries, airport authorities as well as the official Xinhua news agency said.
The plane, belonging to the North’s national carrier, was flying to Beijing via Pyongyang when This kind of made a forced landing because of the smoke, the airport said in a short statement on its microblog.
The aircraft made a safe emergency landing, as well as “nothing abnormal” was found in its condition, although an investigation was underway, This kind of added.
Xinhua, which had initially reported a fire, cited a passenger as saying the smoke appeared about 30 minutes after takeoff, as well as flight crew told passengers not to panic as the plane landed.
“Later, oxygen masks dropped as well as several passengers began to have breathing difficulty because of the oxygen shortage from the cabin,” Xinhua said, adding in which the plane landed 10 minutes later as well as no one on board was injured.
Fire trucks were dispatched as well as the aircraft was “smoking” when ground staff examined This kind of, although no obvious fire was spotted, the passenger told the agency, which added in which rain in Shenyang at the time of the landing may have averted a fire.
An airline staff member at Pyongyang airport told Xinhua the plane had suffered a “malfunction,” although more investigations were needed to determine what happened.
An Air Koryo employee reached at the airline’s Shanghai office told Reuters no company representatives were available, as well as she was unaware of the situation. The Beijing office could not be reached.
Independent ratings website Skytrax lists Air Koryo as the earth’s only 1-star airline for poor quality standards, though This kind of does not measure safety.
Few North Koreans are allowed to travel outside their isolated country.
The North Korean state-owned airline uses mainly Russian-built Tupolev aircraft on international flights although older, Soviet-era aircraft are used within the country.
The aircraft, operating flight JS 151, was a Tupolev TU204-300, plane tracking website flightradar24.com showed.