Mid-flight scare for Bangkok-bound Abe

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 4 Nov 2019

A minor fire broke out mid-flight on a Japanese government jet yesterday while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was on board, but was quickly extinguished with no injuries, media reports said.

Abe was flying to Bangkok to attend talks at the ASEAN summit.

About an hour after take-off, an in-flight announcement said that an oven had sparked a small blaze, the Asahi Shimbun reported. Ten minutes later, another announcement said the fire had been extinguished, the newspaper said.

There was no change to Abe's itinerary, Kyodo News said.

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