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Plane catches fire at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport

Plane catches fire at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport

A Japan Airlines plane caught fire as it landed at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Tuesday evening.

The aircraft, JAL516, took off from New Chitose Airport (CTS) at 16:22 JST before landing at Haneda (HND) at 17:47 JST.

Footage shows the aircraft moments before a fireball explodes, setting fire to A350 and the surrounding runway. Videos later showed fire and smoke billowing out of the aircraft’s windows.

Japan’s Nippon TV has reported that the plane might have collided with a Coast Guard aircraft.

Despite the incident, all 379 passengers and crew were evacuated from the aircraft, the airline told Japanese media outlets.

“We are currently assessing the extent of the damage,” the airline said, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK.

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James Graham

James Graham is an award-winning transport media journalist with a long background in the commercial freight sector, including commercial aviation and the aviation supply chain. He was the initial Air Cargo Week journalist and retuned later for a stint as editor. He continues his association as editor of the monthly supplements. He has reported for the newspaper from global locations as well as the UK.

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