All safe after CAL flight makes emergency landing in Japan

Taipei, All 155 people on board a China Airlines (CAL) plane were safe after it was forced to make an emergency landing in Nagoya, central Japan, on Sunday due to inclement weather, the airline said Monday.

CAL said preliminary reports indicate that flight CI170 from Taoyuan to Toyama was unable to land at Toyama Airport as scheduled due to the weather.

To maintain a safe level of fuel in reserve, the captain declared an emergency when landing priority was not granted by Toyama Air Traffic Control in time and was given approval to divert to Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya, it said.

According to Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, the Boeing 737-800 aircraft requested an emergency landing at Nagoya airport at 12:40 p.m. (Japan time) after taking off from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport around 8 a.m.

The plane landed safely at 1:16 p.m. with no one on board injured, according to CAL.

However, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has deemed the incident a potential major accident, while the Japan Transport Safety Board has sent two officers to investigate, Yomiuri reported.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel