JTSB investigating J-Air CRJ200 engine cowling fire

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The Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) is investigating a possible fire that occurred inside the engine cowling of a Bombardier CRJ200 operated by Japan Airlines (JAL) regional unit J-Air.

On Monday 6 May 2013, the aircraft (JA206J) was operating flight JL2362 on the Oita-Osaka route, says a JAL spokesman. After landing in Osaka, the aircraft was taxiing to the gate when the pilots observed a fire warning for the aircraft's right-side General Electric CF34 engine.

The 52 passengers disembarked the aircraft normally using air stairs, and emergency services were not summoned.

A visual inspection revealed traces of fire inside the engine cowling. The JTSB has taken the plane into custody for investigation, and it is not clear when the aircraft will be available again for service.

Flightglobal's Ascend database shows that the build year of JA206J (serial number 7834) is 2003. There are 11 CRJ200s operating in Japan. Nine are operated by J-Air and two by Ibex Airlines.