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Tokyo airport tragedy averted as plane bursts into flames following collision

Tokyo’s Haneda airport witnessed a JAL plane, carrying hundreds, erupt into flames after a runway collision, evacuating 379 individuals on board.



In a harrowing incident at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Tuesday (2 Jan), a Japan Airlines (JAL) plane carrying hundreds caught fire upon landing after a catastrophic collision with another aircraft.

Flight 516, which had taken off from Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido prefecture, touched down at Haneda at 5:47 p.m. local time (3:47 a.m. ET), only to meet disaster on the runway.

The passenger jet, after colliding with a Coast Guard aircraft involved in earthquake relief efforts, erupted into a massive fireball.

The JAL aircraft was carrying 379 individuals, comprised of 367 passengers and 12 crew members. News agencies report that everyone on board has been successfully evacuated.

Dramatic footage showed the plane engulfed in flames, with passengers escaping via emergency slides as firefighters battled the blaze. However, the incident wasn’t without potential tragedy — while one individual from the Coast Guard plane escaped, five others remain unaccounted for.


NHK reported that the collision took place after the JAL aircraft landed on runway C. The coast guard plane had six individuals on board; one suffered an injury and the conditions of the remaining five were not immediately disclosed.

The coast guard aircraft was en route to a base in Niigata Prefecture, carrying supplies for the area affected by the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck central Japan the day before.

The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) disclosed that its aircraft, a Bombardier Dash-8, was en route from Haneda to a JCG airbase in Niigata prefecture to assist with the aftermath of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that struck on Monday. The collision with JAL flight 516 occurred during this critical mission.

JAL has initiated a thorough investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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So Sad