An Airbus A350 belonging to Japan Airlines has been involved in a collision incident, when it hit a Japanese Coast Guard Bombardier Dash 8 during landing at Tokyo Haneda Airport.
Japan Airlines Airbus A350 collision
Japan Airlines Airbus A350 was operating flight JL516 from Sapporo New Chitose Airport (CTS) in Hokkaido to Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND). The aircraft registered as JA13XJ departed from Sapporo Airport at 04:27 PM. During touchdown at 05:47 PM, the aircraft collided with a Coast Guard aircraft.
The Coast Guard aircraft involved in this incident is a De Havilland Canada DHC-8-315Q MPA registered as JA722A. Japan has been struck with an earthquake. This Bombardier jet was waiting at Haneda Airport to depart to Niigata to deliver aid in the region.
In some way, the Dash 8 entered the runway at the same time, when the Airbus A350 was landing at the runway. Due to lower visibility in night, the pilots likely failed to witness the aircraft and upon touchdown, both aircraft collided.
Upon touchdown, both Airbus A350 and Dash 8 aircraft collided igniting a huge fire near the touchdown zone. Due to the impact, the aircraft underbelly was significantly damaged and was engulfed in fire. The aircraft rolled down the runway with flames blazing under it. The Nose Wheel Landing Gear disintegrated from the aircraft. Finally, it came to a stop. All passengers were asked to evacuate the aircraft as soon as possible. There were 379 people onboard including the crew members. All evacuated safely.
There was fire all around the accident zone. The Dash-8 was fully engulfed in fire. It was completely destroyed. On the other hand, flames were continuously engulfing the Airbus A350 jet. Crash tenders and around 70 Fire brigades scattered around the area to extinguish the fire. A video posted later by SKY News shows that the tail of the aircraft disintegrated from the fuselage and fell on the ground. Not officially, but I can say that the aircraft has been damaged beyond the repair.
What about the Coast Guard Aircraft?
Japanese Coast Guard aircraft registered JA722A was waiting at Haneda Airport to deliver aid to earthquake hit region. The aircraft has been completely destroyed by the fire. It has been officially declared as ‘Damaged Beyond Repair’. There were 6 crew members onboard the aircraft. Out of them, only 1 managed to evacuate.
Dead bodies of remaining 5 crew members have been found. Rest in peace and condolences to their families. The crew members were badly injured and succumbed to their injuries.
This incident comes at a time, when Japan has experienced a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, resulting in losses of 48 people by now. After the earthquake that shook Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture on Monday, there were at least 155 additional aftershocks till Tuesday, with the strongest aftershock measuring 6 magnitude.
Source : www.jal.co.jp