Haneda Airport Fire: Passenger Plane Hits Coast Guard Plane, Five Killed

Japan: Five people died when a Coast Guard plane and a large passenger jet crashed on the runway and caught fire at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on Tuesday, officials said.

The Airbus A350 of Japan Airlines flight JAL-516 was landing when it hit the Coast Guard’s Bombardier Dash-8 plane, which was about to take off for a relief mission to an earthquake-hit area, officials said.

Transport Minister Tetsuo Saito confirmed that all 379 people on the passenger plane escaped safely before it was consumed by flames. The coast guard pilot survived the crash, but the other five crew members perished, Saito said.

TV footage showed a huge orange explosion from the passenger plane as it slid down the runway, followed by thick smoke. All passengers and crew members used emergency slides to evacuate within 20 minutes. Firefighters battled the fire with water hoses, but the fire spread to the wing of the passenger plane and eventually destroyed it. The fire was put out after about six hours.

This was the first major incident involving an Airbus A350, one of the newest models of large passenger planes. It started operating in 2015. Airbus said it was sending experts to assist Japanese and French authorities in the investigation, and that the plane was delivered to Japan Airlines in late 2021. The passenger plane had come from Shin Chit

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