BREAKING: Japan Airlines plane collides with coast guard aircraft; in flames

A Japan Airlines plane was in flames as it landed on a runway at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Tuesday evening.

It had collided with a coast guard aircraft, AFP said.

Meanwhile, according to BBC, a footage on broadcaster NHK showed flames coming out of the windows of the aircraft. Also, beneath the Japan Airlines plane was on fire.

Five crew members died on the second aircraft, thought to be a De Havilland Canada DHC-8, operated by the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), according to Japan public broadcaster NHK. It said the plane’s captain was in a critical condition.

JAL is investigating the details and cause of the plane fire, a representative for the airline told CNN.

Video footage showed the passenger jet consumed by a large fireball as it moved down the runway. The plane was then seen at a standstill with people using emergency slides to flee the inferno as firefighters tried to battle the growing flames.

A JCG spokesman told CNN that its aircraft had been headed from Haneda airport to an airbase in Niigata prefecture to help with relief efforts following a 7.5-magnitude earthquake on Monday.

Japan Airlines flight 516 took off from Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido prefecture to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, according to NHK.

According to NHK, there were approximately 400 passengers and crew on board the plane.


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