June 12, 2024

World Information

Kyodo Information by way of AP

TOKYO (AP) — A passenger airplane and a Japanese coast guard plane collided on the runway at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Tuesday and burst into flames.

Transport Minister Tetsuo Saito confirmed that every one 379 occupants of Japan Airways flight JAL-516 received out safely earlier than the airplane was completely engulfed in flames. The pilot of the coast guard airplane additionally escaped, however 5 crewmembers died, Saito stated.

Native TV video confirmed a big eruption of fireplace and smoke from the aspect of the Japan Airways airplane because it taxied after touchdown. The world across the wing then caught hearth. Footage an hour later confirmed the airplane totally on hearth.

The JAL airplane was an Airbus A-350 that had flown from Shin Chitose airport, close to the town of Sapporo, to Haneda, the transport minister stated.

NTV by way of AP

Coast Guard spokesperson Yoshinori Yanagishima stated its airplane was MA-722, a Bombardier Sprint-8. The airplane, which is predicated at Haneda, had been on account of head to Niigata to ship aid items to residents affected by a lethal earthquake within the area on Monday that killed no less than 48 folks.

Swede Anton Deibe, 17, who was a passenger on the Japan Airways airplane, informed Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that “the whole cabin was full of smoke inside a couple of minutes. We threw ourselves down on the ground. Then the emergency doorways had been opened and we threw ourselves at them.

“The smoke within the cabin stung like hell. It was a hell. We do not know the place we’re going so we simply run out into the sphere. It was chaos,” added Deibe, who was touring together with his mother and father and sister.

Saito stated Haneda is at present closed whereas the collision is beneath investigation by aviation security investigators and police, however that they’re doing their greatest to reopen the airport Wednesday and even sooner.

He added that stated officers are doing their utmost to stop any delays within the aid items supply and different operations for the disaster-hit area.

Haneda is without doubt one of the busiest airports in Japan, and many individuals journey over the New 12 months holidays.

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Yamaguchi reported from Kyoto, Japan. Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.