Smoke forces Philippine Airlines flight to turn back
Smoke from an air vent forced a Philippine Airlines flight to Japan to turn back just minutes after taking off yesterday, aviation officials said. The Airbus A340-300 plane, carrying 222 passengers and 13 crew to Tokyo’s Haneda airport, was forced to return to Manila 20 minutes after taking off, an airline statement said. PAL said there was no panic and the passengers all disembarked safely and travelled to Japan on another aircraft. The cause of the incident is still being investigated.