Japan Airlines: Five people on board coastguard plane dead-VIDEO-UPDATED-4

Japan Airlines: Five people on board coastguard plane dead-VIDEO -UPDATED-4
# 02 January 2024 13:23 (UTC +04:00)

Five people who were on board the coastguard plane have died, AFP news agency quotes Japan's transport minister as saying, APA reports citing BBC.

State broadcaster NHK has also reported five dead. The captain escaped but is severely injured, it adds.

It's believed the coastguard aircraft, which was taking food to areas hit by Monday's powerful earthquake, collided with the Japan Airlines plane as it landed on the runway.

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All 379 passengers and crew members on board a Japan Airlines airplane that was caught in fire at Tokyo's Haneda Airport have evacuated, local media reported Tuesday, APA reports citing Xinhua.

The airplane, flight 516 from New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido Prefecture to Tokyo's Haneda Airport, collided with what appears to be a Japan Coast Guard aircraft after landing at Haneda Airport, public broadcaster NHK reported, citing Japan Airlines.

Firefighters are extinguishing the flames, it said.

NHK footage showed a large burst of fire erupting from a side of the Japan Airlines plane as it taxied on a runway and soon the blaze engulfed the aircraft.

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A Japan Airlines plane was in flames as it landed on a runway at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Tuesday evening, APA reports citing BBC.

Footage on broadcaster NHK showed flames coming out of the windows of the aircraft and beneath it. The runway was also set alight.

NHK, citing authorities, said the plane may have collided with another aircraft after landing at Haneda. There are passengers on board.

It also reported that the plane, JAL 516, had taken off from Hokkaido.

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