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TOKYO (AP) — A trans-Pacific American Airlines flight heading to South Korea landed safely in Japan on Tuesday after developing trouble with a generator, an airline spokesman said.

American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said the generator failure forced the crew to switch to another power unit that burns more fuel. As a result, he said, the plane didn’t have enough fuel to reach Seoul and needed to stop at Tokyo’s Narita Airport.

A public relations representative for the airline in Japan earlier told The Associated Press that it was a problem in one of the engines, not the fuel issue.

The Boeing 777-200 was carrying 15 crewmembers and 223 passengers. They transferred to another plane to complete the journey to Seoul.

American didn’t say when during the flight the pilot noticed the problem and requested the change in flight path.


This story has been corrected to show that the plane developed a problem with a generator, not an engine.