Japan Airlines Plane Hit Coast Guard, on social media, terrifying images of the incident emerged, showing the Japan Airlines airplane exploding on the runway and transforming into a fireball of sorts.
Japan Airlines Plane Hit Coast Guard Aircraft at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport
Japan, already shaken by a series of 155 earthquakes, was slammed by another tragedy on Tuesday when a passenger plane erupted into flames on the runway of Tokyo’s Haneda airport after colliding with a coast guard plane, killing five crewmembers of the latter.
Haneda is reported to be one of Japan’s busiest airports. While all occupants of Japan Airlines flight JAL-516, thought to be 379, escaped safely before the jet was completely consumed in fire, five Coast Guard crewmembers died in the incident. The pilot of the plane had escaped, according to the Japanese coast guard.
On social media, terrifying images of the incident appeared, showing the Japan Airlines jet exploding on the runway and transforming into a fireball of sorts.
Another footage of the incident shows passengers on the Japan Airlines plane panicking amid smoke from the fire caused by the accident. The surrounding area then caught fire. An hour later, footage showed the airliner completely on fire.
The other plane’s pilot, according to the Japanese Coast Guard, escaped, but five crew members are still missing. According to NHK TV, the plane was an Airbus A-350 that had traveled from Shin Chitose airfield near Sapporo to Haneda.
Yoshinori Yanagishima, a Coast Guard official, verified the collision between the passenger plane and its flight MA-722, a Bombardier Dash-8.
The incident occurred just one day after Japan was rocked by a series of earthquakes and tsunami waves, killing 48 people. On Monday, a series of severe earthquakes, including one of magnitude 7.6, rocked Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan’s central region. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the country has been rocked by 155 earthquakes since Monday.
Following the initial powerful earthquake jolts, the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a “major” tsunami warning for parts of Ishikawa.
Waves as high as five meters were expected, while lower-level tsunami warnings or advisories were issued for the rest of Japan’s main island of Honshu. While the tsunami threat has been reduced, the trail of destruction has killed scores, with the death toll anticipated to rise as rescue attempts continue.