Japan Airlines A350 in flames at Tokyo after landing collision

Photo Credit: NHK

A Japan Airlines flight has been involved in an incident on landing at Tokyo Haneda (HND) airport after it collided with a Japan Coast Guard aircraft on landing.

Footage released by the national broadcaster NHK shows the aircraft, an Airbus A350 in flames on landing at Toyko Haneda.

Japan Airlines JAL516 accident Tokyo Haneda

According to local reports, the aircraft may have collided with a Japan Coast Guard aircraft, though details remain unconfirmed at the time of writing.

Early reports suggest the A350 collided with JA722A, a Dash 8 twin turboprop operated by the Japanese Coast Guard, which is understood to have been completely destroyed in the collision. The impact resulted in a subsequent nose gear collapse and engine fire on the Japan Airlines aircraft.

All passengers from JAL flight safe

It is understood from the Japan national broadcaster that all passengers have been disembarked safely from the flight. The JAL flight was carrying 367 passengers, and had been operating a short-haul regional service from Chitose (CTS).

Flight track of Japan Airlines JAL516 to Tokyo Haneda.

Details continue to flow through, but the airline has not issued a statement at this time. It is understood that the the right hand engine of the JAL aircraft was not able to be shutdown following the landing incident, and passengers were disembarked with the engine still running.

The aircraft involved in this morning’s accident was an Airbus A350-900 registered JA13XJ; a 2-year old widebody aircraft belonging to the Japanese national carrier Japan Airlines.

Photo Credit: Steven Byles, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Japan Coast Guard 5 crewmembers missing

Five crewmembers from the Japan Coast Guard are currently unaccounted for following the collision with the Japan Airlines A350.

Photo Credit: Steven Byles, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Coast Guard aircraft, a maritime De Havilland Canada DHC-8-315Q registered JA722A, had reportedly been instructed to hold awaiting departure to Niigata with aid following the New Year’s Day Earthquake when it collided with the landing JAL aircraft.

A total of six crewmembers were aboard the Japan Coast Guard aircraft, and only one was able to evacuate safely.

More footage has emerged from the scene in Tokyo of the aircraft on fire, as well as passengers onboard the aircraft as the landing took place.

Footage from the interior of flight JAL516 and the subsequent emergency disembarkation shows the professionalism of the operating crew in managing the landing and safe disembarkation of all persons on board.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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