Horrific collision at Haneda: JAL airbus A350 and coast guard Dash-8 crash, investigation underway

All passengers aboard the JAL flight were safely evacuated, though fourteen individuals sustained injuries and were immediately transported to nearby hospitals.

On Tuesday, a Japan Airlines Airbus A350-900, carrying 379 passengers, collided with a Japan Coast Guard’s Bombardier-built Dash-8 aircraft upon landing at Tokyo’s Haneda airport. The aftermath was devastating, resulting in a fiery crash that claimed the lives of five individuals on the Coast Guard planes.

All passengers aboard the JAL flight were safely evacuated, though fourteen individuals sustained injuries and were immediately transported to nearby hospitals.

Japan Airlines is actively participating in the investigation to dig through the circumstances leading to this catastrophic collision. According to the airline, their crew had received proper clearance to land from air traffic control. The French aviation agency is also contributing investigators as part of a joint effort with Japanese authorities.

Before the landing, there were no indications or reports of any engine or other issues with the airliner, as was mentioned by the official involved in the investigation.

Eyewitness accounts painted a harrowing scene, describing a massive fireball erupting upon impact. Over 100 fire trucks swiftly responded to the accident, attempting to bring the flames under control. Daytime aerial photos of Haneda airport revealed the haunting aftermath, showcasing the wreckage of the Airbus A350-900.

Satoshi Yamake, a passenger on the JAL flight, shared his experience of a seemingly normal landing followed by the sudden appearance of fire. Despite the tense moments, he emphasized that the passengers remained relatively calm during the evacuation process, adhering to safety protocols resulting in them being safely rescued.

The Japan Coast Guard aircraft was en route to Niigata prefecture for earthquake relief following a 7.5-magnitude earthquake on Monday. It suffered the loss of five crew members, with the captain reported to be in critical condition.

The impact of this tragic incident extended beyond the immediate loss of lives and injuries. Haneda Airport experienced significant disruptions, with most departures cancelled, and the timeline for flight services to resume remains uncertain. As investigations unfold, authorities will strive to determine the root causes of this devastating incident that has left an indelible mark on the aviation community and the lives of all those who were affected.