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Posted by Ari-Gold TH STAFF Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Tragedy Strikes: 5 Killed as Japan Airlines Passenger Plane Collides with Japanese Coast Guard Aircraft En Route to Earthquake Assistance

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A somber incident unfolded at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, marking a tragic turn of events as a Japan Airlines passenger plane, arriving from Sapporo, burst into flames on the runway after colliding with a Japanese Coast Guard airliner. The catastrophe resulted in the devastating loss of five lives among the Coast Guard crew, while 11 individuals on the passenger jet sustained injuries.

The distressing scene played out at around 5:15 a.m. when the Airbus A-20 50 landed and promptly caught fire. Emergency responders, mobilizing over 100 fire trucks, raced against time to extinguish the flames. Miraculously, all 379 passengers and crew on the passenger plane managed to evacuate safely, some utilizing emergency slides in the chaotic aftermath.

As investigations into the collision are underway, the consequences of this tragedy extend beyond the immediate rescue operation. Flights at Haneda Airport are currently canceled, casting uncertainty over when the airport will resume full services. The incident has cast a shadow over travel plans for countless individuals, highlighting the unforeseen risks associated with air travel.

Adding to the gravity of the situation, a separate report reveals that the Japan Coast Guard aircraft involved in the collision was en route to assist with an earthquake in Ishikawa Prefecture. Five crew members aboard the Coast Guard plane lost their lives, leaving the authorities in shock and raising concerns about the impact on ongoing relief efforts.

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Issei Kato

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