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.
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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.