All 379 passengers and crew of a Japan Airlines plane escaped a devastating fire that erupted after it collided with a smaller Coast Guard aircraft at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Tuesday. However, five out of the six crew of the coast guard aircraft are unaccounted for, while the captain escaped, a Coast Guard spokesperson said. Live footage on public broadcaster NHK showed the Japan Airlines Airbus A350 aircraft bursting into flames as it skidded down the tarmac after landing. Footage and images shared on social media showed passengers shouting inside the smoke-filled cabin and running across the tarmac away from the blaze. A spokesperson at Japan Airlines said its aircraft had departed from Shin-Chitose airport on the northern island of Hokkaido.
Mar 21 2023