According to the AvHerald the 13 year old aircraft, with registration JA740J and performing flight JL15 from Los Angeles, CA (USA) to Tokyo Haneda (Japan), was climbing out of Los Angeles’ runway 25R when the right-hand engine (GE90) emitted streaks of flames, prompting the crew to declare an emergency.
The crew stopped the climb at 5000 feet and requested to dump fuel close to Santa Catalina island and to return to Los Angeles. The aircraft returned safely to Los Angeles, landing on runway 25L 45 minutes later.
According to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, JAL is currently investigating this incident. It has been identified that noise and vibration were generated immediately after take-off; a warning was issued, indicating a malfunction on the right engine, and the oil pressure of the engine dropped. The crew followed the appropriate procedure and stopped the engine.
Out of the 48 passengers onboard, none sustained any injuries and all passengers have been successfully transferred to alternative flights.
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