Airliner Engulfed in Flames as it Crashes into Coastguard Plane Near Tokyo Airport

Airliner Engulfed in Flames as it Crashes into Coastguard Plane Near Tokyo Airport

A Terrifying Airliner Incident near Tokyo

A harrowing scene unfolded as a massive airliner, carrying 379 passengers, collided with a coastguard plane near Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

The Japan Airlines jet burst into flames on the runway, filling the cabin with smoke as terrified passengers attempted to limit inhalation by using masks and rags.

Details of the Distressing Event

New footage and images captured the distressing moments—smoke billowing from the plane’s side as it landed, flames engulfing the emergency slide, and passengers panicking as they attempted to escape.

All runways at Haneda Airport were closed after the shocking crash.

Survival Amidst Chaos

Passenger accounts portrayed the chaos inside the plane as smoke rapidly filled the cabin. Anton Deibe, 17, recounted the panic and stinging smoke that enveloped the passengers.

The evacuation was fraught with confusion as passengers sought safety, unsure of their destination.

Uncertainty and Response

As of now, the number of injuries remains unknown. Reports indicate the involvement of a 16-year-old coastguard plane waiting to depart for aid delivery to areas affected by the recent New Year’s Day earthquake. While one crewmember escaped, five remain unaccounted for.

Rescue Efforts and Aftermath

Emergency crews rushed to the scene, battling the inferno with multiple hoses as the right-hand engine of the Airbus continued running even during the evacuation. Over 70 fire engines were deployed to douse the flames and manage the situation.

Context and Aviation History

The shocking incident occurred a day after a severe earthquake devastated Japan’s west coast, adding to the country’s challenges.

Notably, Japan hasn’t faced a major aviation accident in decades, with the worst incident dating back to 1985, involving a JAL jumbo jet that tragically crashed, claiming 520 lives.

The incident remains under investigation, with officials working to ascertain the full details of the tragic collision at Haneda Airport.

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