Japan Airlines Jet Collides With Coast Guard Plane While Landing At Airport In Tokyo

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Five Japan Coast Guard members died on Runway 34R at Tokyo’s Haneda airport after their plane collided with Japan Airlines flight JL516

Transport Minister Tetsuo Saito confirmed that five Japan Coast Guard members died on Runway 34R at Tokyo’s Haneda airport after their plane collided with Japan Airlines flight JL516. 

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An Airbus A350, operated by Japan Airlines and carrying hundreds of passengers, collided with a Japan Coast Guard (JCG) plane while landing at Haneda Airport in Tokyo late Tuesday. 

Flight tracking website Flightradar24 wrote in a post on social media platform X, “Japan Airlines flight JL516 collided with a JCG aircraft and caught fire, during landing at Tokyo Haneda Airport Runway 34R.” 

The aviation app ForeFlight shows a diagram of Haneda Airport and Runway 34R. 

Public broadcaster NHK News said 367 passengers and 12 crew members were on board JL516, all of whom evacuated the aircraft after touchdown. One JCG plane crew member was evacuated, but five others were unaccounted for. 

Footage of the crash was posted on X. 

Video: a JAL plane caught fire while landing at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport this evening. Fire crews are on scene trying to extinguish the blaze. pic.twitter.com/YCVB4tPMRL

— Jeffrey J. Hall 🇯🇵🇺🇸 (@mrjeffu) January 2, 2024

“The tail-end has… just crashed on to the floor.”

An aircraft has caught fire on a runway at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.https://t.co/ayTzbtRvAM

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— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 2, 2024

A Japan Airlines aircraft that was carrying passengers burst into flames on the runway at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

All passengers and crew on board Japan Airlines Flight 516 were evacuated, according to the airline.

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— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 2, 2024

JCG confirmed to CNN its fixed-wing MA722 collided with JL516 on Runway 34R. They noted the fixed-wing MA722 was headed to Haneda airport to a JCG airbase in Niigata prefecture to support relief efforts following a powerful earthquake on Monday. 

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