A Korean Air passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on Sunday due to engine trouble.
The Boeing 777 took off from Dallas at 11:35 a.m. and headed toward Korea carrying 223 passengers. When it reached an altitude of around 760 m around 30 minutes later, a warning light appeared in the cockpit showing a problem with the engine on the left wing.
The pilot followed procedure and attempted an emergency landing at Dallas after shutting off the problematic engine.
The B-777 is designed to be capable of flying with one of its two engines shut off.
The pilot circled over the airport for about 40 tense minutes as he dumped fuel in order to meet safety regulations concerning the weight of an aircraft in emergency landings.
He finally landed at 12:49 p.m. None of the passengers were injured.
The passengers stayed overnight in a hotel courtesy of Korean Air and boarded another plane at around 6 a.m. Monday. They arrived at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday morning, 18 hours late.
A Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation official said the temperature of the aircraft's exhaust at the time was 795 degrees Celsius, or around 120 degrees higher than normal, but it did not catch on fire.
The official said some of the passengers shouted "fire," but this appears to have been a mistake. "There was no smoke coming out of the problematic engine."
According to the ministry and Korean Air, no problems were detected in the engine before take-off. "We're going to investigate whether there were any problems in the maintenance or if the engine had a defect," the official said.