Five people aboard a Japanese coastguard plane have died after their aircraft collided with a passenger plane at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
The coastguard plane was due to deliver aid after a deadly earthquake hit central Japan on New Year’s Day.
All 379 passengers and crew escaped the Japan Airlines passenger plane before it was engulfed in flames.
Dramatic footage showed people fleeing the Airbus A350 on inflatable slides, minutes before the blaze ripped through the body of the aircraft.
The Japan Airlines flight 516 had taken off from Hokkaido in northern Japan nearly two hours earlier.
Number of injured passengers and crew revised down to 14 – reports
Japan’s public broadcaster NHK is now reporting that 14 people from the Japan Airlines flight suffered minor injuries, citing fire officials.
This corrects previous reporting that the Tokyo Fire Department had said 17 people were hurt.
All 379 people on board the aircraft were swiftly evacuated after it burst into flames following a collision with a coastguard aircraft.
Five of the six people inside the coastguard plane were killed, with another person suffering severe injuries.
The incident caused severe disruption at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. The airport had paused flights, but reopened its three other runways at around 9.30pm local time (12:30 BST).
Airbus says specialists will assist with investigation
We’ve just had a statement from Airbus – the maker of the Japan Airlines A350 plane which was engulfed in flames on the runway – confirming its experts will help with the investigation into the incident.
The company says it will dispatch a team of specialists to assist the authorities looking into it, including the Japanese transport safety board.
Airbus also confirms that the A350 collided with another aircraft at the point of landing at Haneda airport in Tokyo.
The company adds it will provide further updates when it has more information to share.
Source : star.co.ke