All 367 passengers escape Japan Airlines plane after fiery crash

TOKYO — A fiery collision Tuesday between a Japan Airlines passenger jet and a coast guard plane at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport killed five coast guard crew members, but all 367 passengers and 12 crew of the commercial jet escaped shortly before it became engulfed, officials said.

The pilot of the coast guard aircraft MA722 was in critical condition, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Seventeen people on the commercial aircraft were injured, Tokyo’s fire department said.

Video footage published by Reuters shows the passenger jet, an Airbus A350, moving along the runway before coming to a standstill, in flames. Rescuers can be seen extinguishing the fire.

The flight was arriving in Tokyo from Sapporo, in Japan’s northernmost prefecture, Hokkaido, a popular tourist destination.

The passenger jet had just touched down when it “crashed directly into” the coast guard plane, Shigenori Hiraoka, head of Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau, said at a news conference Tuesday evening, Japanese outlet Nikkei reported. He said “we still need to confirm the details of the interaction with air traffic control concerning the cause of the accident.”

A Japan Airlines official told reporters at a news conference that the flight had received permission to land, but that exchanges between the cockpit and flight control were under investigation, Reuters reported.

Footage from Jan. 2 captured the moment a Japan Airlines jet was engulfed in flames at Tokyo’s Haneda airport. (Video: Reuters)

The coast guard plane was heading to Niigata Airport in western Japan to bring aid to communities devastated by a powerful earthquake that struck the area Monday, according to Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

The 7.6-magnitude earthquake in Ishikawa killed at least 48 people and left scores more injured or missing, causing widespread damage and sparking a tsunami warning Monday.

All departing flights from Haneda Airport — closer to Tokyo and busier than the city’s other major airport, Narita — were suspended for the rest of the evening. The departure area was filled with travelers waiting to reschedule the flights, with long lines at restaurants and waiting areas.

At least 48 dead as Japanese earthquake causes widespread destruction

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in a statement posted on X that he was grateful for the work of first responders and offered his condolences for the five coast guard crew members who were killed, thanking them for their “strong sense of mission and responsibility.”


The Mention Sources Can Contact is to remove/Changing this articles

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top