Delta plane makes U-turn to Tokyo’s Narita airport after smoke engulfs cabin

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 January, 2016, 4:34pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 January, 2016, 5:45pm

A Delta aircraft departing from Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture, was forced to make an emergency landing at the airport on Saturday, according to officials there.

The Boeing 757, on its way to Sapian, the second-largest of the Northern Mariana Islands after Guam and a popular tourist hotspot, was reportedly forced to return to Narita and make the emergency landing after smoke was detected in the plane’s cabin.

Officials from the airport said the incident occurred just before 11am, but confirmed that while emergency services stood by, none of the passengers or the plane’s crew members were injured.

The emergency landing came the same day as the airport’s website was reported as possibly being hacked by airport officials on Saturday.

They confirmed that since Friday evening they had noticed an unusually heavy amount of traffic on the site which “caused disruptions”, but while affecting its entire website, said the possible attack did not affect flights.

The airport’s website was similarly attacked in October when the site was down for around eight hours.

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said that a Twitter user claiming to be a member of the “hacktivist” group Anonymous posted a message about the group being responsible for the site.

As well as Narita airport, which remains the main international airport in Japan, and handles about half of the nation’s international passenger traffic and 60 per cent of its international air cargo, Chubu Airport, located on on artificial island in Ise Bay, Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture, 35 km south of Nagoya in central Japan, was also attacked in October last year.

Similar attacks by the group using a method known as “distributed denial-of-service”, or DDoS in short, which sees servers flooded with more traffic than they can handle crash, also occurred around the same time last year involving the health ministry’s website and the website of the Organising Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Anonymous has taken issue with the Japanese government over a variety of issues, including security and secrecy legislation that inhibits the public’s right to know certain information and heavily penalises those such as journalists for leaking what are deemed to be state secrets, as well as possibly launching attacks connected to the eventual passage of contentious war-linked legislation and Japan’s continued practice of mass dolphin hunts.