Japan Airlines' Boeing 737 passenger plane sits on the snow-covered tarmac after passengers and crew slid down emergency chutes at New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, northern Japan, on  Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Photo: Daisuke Suzuki/Kyodo News via AP

Japan Airlines' Boeing 737 passenger plane sits on the snow-covered tarmac after passengers and crew slid down emergency chutes at New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, northern Japan, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Photo: Daisuke Suzuki/Kyodo News via AP
TOKYO: More than 160 passengers and crew slid down emergency chutes in swirling snow Tuesday after engine smoke forced a Japan Airlines domestic flight to abort takeoff and smoke entered the cabin, Japanese media reported. Japan Airlines' Boeing 737 passenger plane sits on the snow-covered tarmac after passengers and crew slid down emergency chutes at New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, northern Japan, on  Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Photo: Daisuke Suzuki/Kyodo News via AP
Japan Airlines' Boeing 737 passenger plane sits on the snow-covered tarmac after passengers and crew slid down emergency chutes at New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, northern Japan, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Photo: Daisuke Suzuki/Kyodo News via AP
National broadcaster NHK showed video of the passengers evacuating and then gathering on the snow-covered tarmac at New Chitose Airport, which serves the city of Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island. At least four passengers were injured during the evacuation and taken to a hospital, Kyodo News agency said, citing rescue officials. Kyodo said that the engine stalled after sucking in snow, and that there was an explosive sound when a pilot restarted it. The Boeing 737 with 159 passengers and six crew members was bound for Fukuoka in southern Japan.