Dramatic runway rescue in Tokyo Airport, KoreanAir jet catches fire before takeoff (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

An aerial picture shows firefighters spraying foam at the engine of a Korean Air Lines plane after smoke rose from it at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, May 27, 2016 © Kyodo
A dramatic rescue has taken place on a runway at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport after one of KoreanAir Boeing’s engines caught fire just before taking off.

Social media has been flooded with photos and videos showing the plane being sprayed with foam by fire trucks and crowds of passengers gathered next to the runway.

The incident took place as Flight 2708 was preparing to head to Seoul. At least two fire trucks arrived to battle the flames, Japanese television reported. It also showed emergency chutes and the plane surrounded by white foam.

Smokes rises from a plane of Korean Air Lines at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, May 27, 2016 © Kyodo

All 302 passengers and 17 crew members were safely evacuated from the jet. 

Firefighters spray foam at the engine of a Korean Air Lines plane after smoke rose from it at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, May 27, 2016 © Kyodo

According to Kyosuke Okada, a government official assigned to Haneda, the cause of the incident is as yet unknown.

An aerial picture shows passengers standing near a Korean Air Lines plane after smoke rose from one of its engines at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, May 27, 2016 © Kyodo

The authorities had to temporarily halt flights at Haneda Airport, which is the fifth busiest in the world. In 2015, it served over 75 million passengers.