Japan: Second Northwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing

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TOKYO (AP) -- A Northwest Airlines passenger jet made an emergency landing at Tokyo's international airport Tuesday after one set of its wheels descended but failed to lock in place.

The incident forced the airport to shut its only runway and suspend all flights for one hour and 20 minutes, said Narita Airport spokesman Minoru Abe.

None of the 395 passengers and 15 crew was injured, said Northwest Airlines spokesman Masashi Ogino.

Flight 28, headed to Tokyo from Manila, notified the airport that its landing gear had stuck and the runway was cleared, Ogino said.

All five sets of the plane's landing gear were down but one was not locked, leaving the other four to support the plane as it landed, he said.

It was the second time in two days that a Northwest Airlines plane had made an emergency landing at Narita Airport.

On Monday, a Northwest Airlines jet with 295 people aboard returned to Tokyo after the pilots' instruments warned of engine trouble.

Ogino said the airline was investigating both incidents.

-- Rachel Gibson (rgibson@hotmail.com), June 06, 2001

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