A Coast Guard airplane collided with a Japan Airlines Airbus A350 at Japan’s Haneda airport on Tuesday, all 379 people on board the Japan Airlines Airbus A350 miraculously survived. However, according to local media all but one on board the Coast Guard plane died.
The Coast Guard plane en route to Niigata Airport on the country’s western coast, when it crashed with a Japan Airlines Airbus A350. A representative from the Coast Guard stated that the pilot escaped but that five crew members died.
Despite rescue personnel’s best efforts, the fire eventually engulfed it. All 367 passengers and 12 crew members were, however, evacuated.
Video and photographs uploaded on social media showed people screaming inside the smoke-filled cabin and rushing on the tarmac away from an evacuation slide.
“I felt a boom like we had hit something and jerked upward the moment we landed,” a JAL aircraft passenger told Kyodo news agency. “I saw sparks outside the window and the cabin filled with gas and smoke.”
JAL claimed its plane took off from Shin-Chitose airport on the rugged northern island of Hokkaido. The crash happened soon after landing.
According to his office, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida directed relevant authorities to work together to analyze the damage and convey information to the public as soon as possible.
According to a representative, Haneda, one of Tokyo’s two main airports, has closed all runways due to the incident.
Kaoru Ishii, a mother waiting outside the arrival gate for her 29-year-old daughter and boyfriend, said she initially thought the flight was delayed until her daughter called to clarify.
“She said the plane had caught fire and she exited via a slide,” Ishii said in an interview. “I was really relieved that she was all right.”
Airbus stated it was in contact with the airline but had no additional information. In a high-density domestic configuration, JAL runs a fleet of 16 smaller Airbus A350-900s that seat 369 or 391 passengers. The airline has been using the type since 2019.
The upgraded A350, Airbus’ flagship aircraft, began service in 2015, featuring fuel-efficient Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines and a lightweight, carbon composite body. JAL has also placed an order for the larger A350-1000 variant.
If the plane is lost, it will be the first A350 hull to be destroyed in an accident.
7.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Central Japan
On Monday Jan 1st, 2024, a massive earthquake slammed central Japan, prompting inhabitants to flee some coastal areas, knocking out electricity to thousands of homes, and disrupting flights and rail services to the impacted area.
The early magnitude 7.6 quake generated waves of roughly 1 metre along areas of the Sea of Japan shoreline, with a greater wave likely, according to official broadcaster NHK.
The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued tsunami warnings for the coastal prefectures of Ishikawa, Niigata, and Toyama, the first major alerts since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that slammed northeastern Japan.
A major tsunami warning indicates that waves of more than 3 metres (yards) are possible. Russia also issued tsunami warnings in the far eastern towns of Vladivostok and Nakhodka.
Authorities are assessing the extent of any damage, and people should brace themselves for future shocks, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in remarks broadcast on NHK.
“Residents need to stay on alert for further possible quakes and I urge people in areas where tsunamis are expected to evacuate as soon as possible,” Kishida stated in a press release.
“Run!” flashed a bright yellow warning on NHK, telling residents in certain coast regions to leave their houses immediately.
The broadcaster captured footage of a building crumbling in a dust plume in the coastal city of Suzu and inhabitants in Kanazawa city fleeing behind tables as tremors shook their homes. On the other coast, the quake rocked buildings in Tokyo.
According to Hokuriku Electric Electricity, more than 36,000 households in the prefectures of Ishikawa and Toyama have lost electricity.