Japan Airlines Plane catches fire after collision at Tokyo Airport

Japan Airlines plane caught fire after collision

Japan Airlines plane caught fire after a collision with a coastguard plane at Tokyo Airport

A Japan Airlines passenger jet collided with coastguard aircraft while landing at Haneda airport this morning.

The domestic Japan Airlines Flight 516 had flown out of Shin Chitose Airport in the northern island of Hokkaido down to Tokyo’s Haneda airport, officially known as Tokyo International Airport, this morning.

Upon landing, it collided with the coastguard aircraft MA722, which had been preparing to fly to the port city of Niigata to deliver relief supplies to those affected by the earthquake. The earthquake took place 5.47pm local time.

Five of the six people on-board the coast guard plane were killed, while the captain managed to evacuate.

Meanwhile, all 379 passengers and crew on the Airbus A350 aircraft, managed to evacuate safely from the aircraft, which caught fire following the collision.

Japanese officials are currently investigating the cause of the accident. Flight Radar 24 did offer more details on the collision.

Speaking to Sky News, FR24 said that the coastguard plane was not equipped with a modern ADS-B transponder.

ADS-B transponders are used to transmit highly accurate information about aircraft’s position to both ground controllers and to other aircraft.

At this moment, it is not clear what the insured value of the aircraft is, but the current estimate is at $130 million as reported by The Insurer.

Post Date: 02/01/2024

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