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5 Dead As Japan Airlines Plane Goes Up In Flames After Collision With Coast Guard Jet In Tokyo

All 379 passengers and crew on board the Japan Airlines plane were evacuated but five crew members of the Coast Guard aircraft it hit, were found dead.

Japan Airlines plane caught fire at Tokyo's Haneda airport on January 2, 2024
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An aircraft of Japan Airlines, JAL 516, burst into flames after hitting a Japanese Coast Guard plane on a runway at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Tuesday evening.

While all 379 passengers and crew on board the Japan Airlines plane were evacuated, five crew members of the Coast Guard aircraft it hit have died in the incident. The Coast Guard said the pilot had evacuated safely.

Visuals of the incident showed the Japan Airlines plane turning into a fireball on the runway after the collision with the Japanese Coast Guard aircraft. Videos also surfaced of crew members working to put out the fire.

NHK TV reported that the plane, JAL flight 516, had flown out of Shin Chitose Airport in Japan to Haneda.

Haneda is one of the busiest airports in Japan, and many people travel over the New Year holidays.

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