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Reports have been coming through about an incident at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport which burst into flames on landing. This is still a developing story but here’s what we know so far.
The incident happened at one of Tokyo’s two international airports – Haneda International Airport – at 17.47 local time. A Japan Airlines A350 collided with a Japanese Coast Guard plane on landing, resulting in an explosion and the plane being quickly engulfed in flames after coming to a standstill.
The aircraft involved in the accident was a Japan Airlines Airbus A350-900 registered JA13XJ. It is a 2 year old widebody aircraft.
The other plane involved was a Japan Coast Guard Bombardier DHC-8-300 with the registration code JA722A.
The A350 was performing flight JL-516 from Sapporo to Tokyo Haneda.
According to Reuters, the Japan Coast Guard Bombardier was waiting to depart for Niigata in order to deliver aid following the earthquake on New Year’s Day.
The weather was said to be good at the time of the incident.
Passenger and crew information
The A350 had 367 passengers and 12 crew on board and was quickly engulfed in flames. Remarkably, all passengers and crew are said to have been evacuated safely.
The Japanese Transport Minister has confirmed that five crew members of crew from the Japan Coast Guard plane have died in the incident. The pilot of the smaller aircraft is said to have survived the incident but is in a critical condition.
Communication and distress signals
As yet, no reports of a distress signal having been issued appear to have been reported.
This is breaking news. A formal investigation is yet to happen.
Suffice to say at this stage that there was a collision on landing. Whether this was due to an air traffic control error or whether the plane landed in the wrong area is yet to be determined. The exact reasons for the collision will need to await the outcome of a formal investigation
Japan Airlines is yet to publish a formal response to the incident.
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