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Japan Plane Crash: Plane Engulfed in Flames after Collision at Haneda Airport in Japan
Published : Jan 2, 2024, 3:43 pm IST
Updated : Jan 2, 2024, 3:43 pm IST
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All Passengers and Crew Safely Evacuated as Emergency Response Teams Tackle Blaze

Japan Plane Crash Today: In a harrowing incident at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Tuesday, a Japan Airlines aircraft burst into flames, prompting a swift evacuation of about 300 passengers and crew members. The airline cited a possible collision with a Japan Coast Guard aircraft as the cause of the alarming incident.

Live footage broadcasted on NHK, Japan's public broadcaster, captured the distressing scene as the Japan Airlines plane, identified as JAL Flight 516 originating from Shin Chitose airport, skidded down the tarmac engulfed in flames. Emergency response teams raced against time to evacuate all occupants safely.

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The Coast Guard, responsible for maritime and aviation safety, announced an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident, acknowledging the possibility of a collision between one of its aircraft and the Japan Airlines passenger jet.

Local television coverage depicted a large eruption of fire and smoke emanating from the side of the aircraft, with the flames quickly spreading to the surrounding area, notably the wing. The severity of the situation prompted an urgent response from fire crews, who worked tirelessly to extinguish the blaze.

Japan Airlines released a statement expressing its belief that its plane was struck by another aircraft, with indications pointing towards a potential collision with a Japan Coast Guard plane. The airline assured the public that all passengers and crew had been successfully evacuated.

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As the fire crews continued their efforts to douse the flames, the extent of the damage became apparent, with video footage revealing significant portions of the plane consumed by fire. Authorities are now working to ascertain the precise details of the incident.

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Haneda airport, being one of the busiest in Japan, witnessed the alarming event during the New Year holidays when travel activity typically peaks. The incident has raised concerns about aviation safety, and investigators are expected to delve into the circumstances surrounding the possible collision between the Japan Airlines plane and the Coast Guard aircraft. Further updates on the investigation are anticipated as aviation and maritime authorities collaborate to determine the cause of this distressing incident at Tokyo's Haneda airport.

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