A Japanese Coast Guard plane collided with a Japan Airways flight on the runway on Tuesday, killing 5 crew members on the Coast Guard aircraft.
Japan Airways Flight 516 went up in flames upon the collision round 5:45 p.m. native time at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. All 379 individuals on board (passengers and crew members) evacuated the aircraft safely. The battle took off from Chitose, Hokkaido.
The Coast Guard plane was waiting to take off to an airbase in Niigata to assist present reduction following the tragic 7.5 magnitude earthquake that rocked the realm on Monday. 5 of the six Coast Guard members who had been onboard that aircraft had been pronounced lifeless following the explosion.
“I used to be in one other aircraft within the window seat – we had been on the brink of take off and we heard a giant bang,” passenger Man Maestre, who was visiting Japan from Philadelphia, told CNN. “We regarded from our home windows and noticed an enormous path of flames operating down the runway.”
Pictures and movies captured on social media present first-hand accounts of the harrowing incident.
That is horrible!
Japan Airways aircraft exploding on touchdown Think about what would have been the situation of the individuals sitting contained in the aircraft.#JapanAirlines #Tokyo #Tsunami#JapanEarthquake #earthquake pic.twitter.com/3tO0CekINX
— Berlin (@Toxicity_______) January 2, 2024
— Surajit (@surajit_ghosh2) January 2, 2024
Unbelievable scenes at Tokyo Haneda Airport as a Japan Airways aircraft catches fireplace Ideas are with the passengers and crew#JapanAirlines #เบียร์thevoice #Airplanecrash #JapanAirlines #Japan #JapanEarthquake #JapanTsunami #japanearthquake2024 #JapanTsunami #JapanQuake #Tokyo pic.twitter.com/yA8jGFZqE4
— Mahi Chowdhry (@Mahichowdhry07) January 2, 2024
Over 70 firetrucks responded to the hearth, which ravaged for hours.
About 135 flights leaving Haneda and 137 flights set to fly into Haneda had been canceled by Tuesday morning, in accordance with FlightAware.
“I want to specific my respect and gratitude to the workers who carried out their jobs with a robust sense of mission and accountability, and I pray that their souls might relaxation in peace,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida mentioned in a translated statement on social media.
Japan Airways is cooperating with investigators to determine who was liable for the crash, per CNN.