A Japan Airlines Airbus A350 and a Coast Guard aircraft have collided at Haneda Airport. This is a Developing Story. We will keep updating you as soon as we get any update from the ground.
Japan Airlines Airbus A350 collision
A video has surfaced on social media showing a horrible collision between two aircraft. The Airbus A350 belonging to Japan Airlines 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 small coast guard aircraft.
As seen in the video, the aircraft caught fire as soon as the collision occured. Later, it can be seen that the aircraft cabin is engulfed in fire and smoke is coming out. Apart from the Airbus A350, the coast guard aircraft was also engulfed in flames. Runway damaged as well. There are so many burning debris on the runway surface as well. Multiple crash tenders and fire brigades are present on the spot. Fire fighting department officials have scrambled to extinguish the fires.
Tail end of the Airbus A350 has disintegrated from the fuselage structure. As per a video shared by SKY News, the tail section is no more attached. SKY News shows live moments when the tail disintegrated.
Around 367 passengers and crew have been successfully evacuated from the Airbus A350. Passengers were rushed off to evacuate the aircraft. Japan Airlines in a statement said that the airline is assessing the extent of the damage caused.
Another video has surfaced showing a closer look at the Airbus A350 in flames.
A new footage has emerged from inside the aircraft.
Collision with a Coast Guard Aircraft
Several reports believe that the aircraft collided with a Coast Guard aircraft due to runway incursion incident. The Coast Guard aircraft, identified as a Dash-8 entered the runway when Japan Airlines Airbus A350 was landing.
There were 5 crew members onboard the Japanese Coast Guard Dash-8 MPA. Currently, they are unaccounted. Search team is doing every effort to find them.
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.
This is a developing story. We will keep you updated as soon as we receive more information.