Packed Japan Airlines Passenger Plane Bursts into Flames on Tokyo Airport Runway

A plane packed with passengers has burst into flames on the runway of Tokyo’s Haneda airport after a suspected collision.

Local media reported that a thick plume of black smoke rose over an airport runway in Japan on Tuesday as the Japan Airlines jet was completely engulfed in flames.

Live footage on public broadcaster NHK showed the passenger plane on the runway with flames coming out of its windows.

Shortly after, the plane was entirely consumed.

A Japan Airlines spokesperson said more than 300 passengers were on board when the aircraft initially caught fire.

NHK reported all 379 passengers and crew ultimately escaped from the plane.

The fire broke out after the plane hit another aircraft after landing, local news reports said.

Reported have confirmed that the other plane was a Coast Guard aircraft.

A Coast Guard spokesperson said it was investigating the collision.

Videos of the incident appear to show the passenger plane colliding with another craft.

Flames can be seen spread across the runway as the jet caught fire before coming to a stop.

Passengers who were onboard the plane have shared videos of the terrifying incident on social media.


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Several emergency vehicles responded to the fire, utilizing water and foam.

However, the flames had spread across too much of the plane.

The aircraft JAL flight 516 had flown out of Shin Chitose airport in Japan to Haneda, officials said.

Six crew members were on board the Coast Guard flight.

The Coast Guard flight was heading to provide earthquake relief.

Five of them were killed, while the pilot managed to escape.

The pilot’s condition is unclear.

Haneda is one of the busiest airports in Japan.

All runways and services at the airport were suspended.

At the time of press, fire crews are continuing to work on the Coast Guard aircraft that collided with the Japan Airlines flight.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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