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Dec 16, 2014

18:49:42 GMT--Vehicle Incident - Asia - Japan

EDIS Number: VIV-20141216-46349-JPN

Date / time: 16/12/2014 18:41:09 [UTC]

Event: Vehicle Incident

Area: Asia

Country: Japan

State/County: Prefecture of Chiba

Location: Narita [Narita International Airport]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: 14 person(s)

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


A U.S.-bound passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing near Tokyo Tuesday night after encountering severe turbulence while flying through a rapidly intensifying winter storm. At least 14 people on the flight have been injured, according to Japan's public broadcaster, NHK. American Airlines Flight 280, which originated at Incheon International Airport near Seoul, South Korea, was flying east when it hit severe turbulence over the Pacific Ocean just east of Japan. NHK said 10 passengers and four crew members were injured on the plane, which was en route to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The plane landed safely at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday (10:55 a.m. Eastern Standard Time Tuesday) in Japan, according to ABC News. "American's primary concern at this time is for our passengers and crew on board the airplane and our team in Narita is providing assistance. We will provide additional information as it becomes available," said the airline in a statement released after the incident. A powerful winter storm is developing over Japan, associated with a powerful ribbon of 200- to 240-mph winds in the jet stream, some 35,000 feet above sea level. The center of low pressure is moving north near the Pacific coast of northern Japan. It is expected to become a meteorological "bomb" as its central pressure plummets to 948 millibars near Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost major island, by Wednesday morning Japanese time (Tuesday evening U.S. time).

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