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Just before 6 p.m. on the 2nd, Japan Airlines Flight 516, heading from New Chitose Airport, collided with a Japan Coast Guard aircraft immediately after landing at Haneda Airport in Ota Ward, Tokyo.

Five of the six people on board the Japan Coast Guard aircraft were confirmed dead in the accident, and at least 17 of the crew and passengers on Japan Airlines Flight 516 were confirmed injured. That is to say.

According to footage from cameras installed by Japan Airlines and NHK at Haneda Airport, Japan Airlines Flight 516, which was heading from New Chitose Airport at around 5:47 p.m. on the 2nd, crashed immediately after landing on Runway C at Haneda Airport. There was a flame.

Flight 516 was scheduled to depart New Chitose Airport at 4pm on the 2nd and land at Haneda Airport at 5:40pm.

All passengers and crew escaped; 17 people were injured, but no injuries were life-threatening.

According to Japan Airlines, there were 379 people on board Flight 516, including 367 passengers, including eight children, and 12 crew members, but all of them escaped from the aircraft.

According to the Tokyo Fire Department, of the 17 people who were injured on board Japan Airlines Flight 516, four men and women, ranging in age from under 10 to those in their 30s, were transported by ambulance. Two of them were treated for smoke inhalation, but their injuries were not life-threatening, and the other two’s injuries were said to be minor. The injuries of the other 13 people are believed to be minor, and they each headed to medical institutions on their own.

There were 6 people on board the Japan Coast Guard plane, and 5 died.

Meanwhile, according to the Metropolitan Police Department, five of the six people on board the Japan Coast Guard’s fixed-wing aircraft were confirmed dead. In addition, the captain was seriously injured.

Japan Coast Guard aircraft transporting supplies to Niigata Airport base due to earthquake

According to the Japan Coast Guard, the aircraft that collided with the Japan Airlines aircraft was a Bombardier DHC8, a fixed-wing aircraft affiliated with Haneda Air Base. The total length is 25.68 meters, the width is 27.43 meters, and the height is 7.49 meters.

The fixed-wing plane had six people on board and was on its way to transport supplies to Niigata Air Base when the earthquake struck.

Dispatch of disaster relief medical team “DMAT”

According to the Tokyo Fire Department, more than 100 fire engines were at the scene to extinguish the fire and carry out rescue operations, and a disaster relief medical team called DMAT, made up of doctors and nurses, was also dispatched.

Passenger: “There was no clear announcement to flee”

A woman who was on board the plane with her family of three said, “I felt a thud, and I thought it was a rough landing, but I had no idea it had caused an accident.” As I was thinking, the in-flight announcement instructed me to stay low, but perhaps because I was confused, there was no clear announcement to evacuate. The passenger in front of me moved, so I followed him and was able to escape.” We were talking.

Passenger: “Smoke was filling up more and more.”

A man who was on board the plane that caught fire while returning home from a visit said, “The moment we landed, things looked normal, but then I heard a thud, and then I saw a flash of orange light outside. I could see it was burning. Inside the plane, there were announcements saying, “Please calm down,” “Don’t take your luggage, and don’t stand up.” I thought the smoke would disappear soon, but it kept filling up. I took off my seatbelt to avoid inhaling smoke. I thought I had to protect my child first. I was really surprised that something like this had happened, but I’m glad that he was okay.”

Passenger: “When I looked at the window, it was on fire.”

A woman in her 20s from Saitama City, who was on the plane in the accident with her daughter on their way home from her parents’ home, said, “I thought it had landed normally, but then I woke up and saw smoke and looked out the window.” It was burning. When I ran away, I wanted to protect my daughter, so I lowered my stance and tried to avoid inhaling the smoke. There were many children on the plane, and they were crying. ” he said.

Passenger junior high school student: “I heard an explosion as soon as I landed”

A 15-year-old junior high school student who was on the plane in the accident to return from a family trip said, “Everyone was in a panic, asking for the door to be opened,” and some were trying to take out their luggage as if they didn’t understand the situation. As soon as we landed, we heard an explosion and everyone was in a state of panic. To be honest, it was really scary.”

Passenger: “It was just so cold and scary.”

A woman in her 40s who was on board the plane where the accident occurred said, “It was so cold and scary. The announcement on the plane told me to stay calm, so I was able to calm down.”

Passenger: “I don’t think the airline gave us accurate instructions.”

A man in his 30s from Kanagawa Prefecture, who was in the back seat of the plane where the accident occurred, said, “I was on board to return from my parents’ house, where I was visiting my parents. “When I heard the impact and looked out the window, I saw sparks and flames, so I felt something was wrong. I thought my heart was beating and I might die,” he said.

Regarding the evacuation, he said, “We were immediately instructed to stay low, so everyone took a safe position and evacuated. The airline gave precise instructions to reassure the panicked passengers.” I don’t think there was one. The passengers on board reacted calmly and were able to evacuate safely. We were ordered to wait for several minutes after getting off, but the flames were getting stronger and there was a risk of an explosion, so we moved quickly. “I wanted to do it, but there were no instructions. I thought it was extremely dangerous. I think the first thing the passengers really wanted to do was get away. Sometimes there were loud noises, so some people started running, thinking it might lead to an explosion.” He was talking about the tense situation at the time.

Passenger: “I heard a clunking sound upon landing.”

A 55-year-old man who was sitting in the front seat said, “When it landed, I heard a thud instead of the usual thud, and then the lights in the plane went dark, and the flight attendant said, “Please calm down.” “I think it took a few minutes for them to escape, but from where I was, there was only a little smoke visible, and there was no major disruption to the passengers.”

Haneda Airport Runway C peep closure lifted

According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the runways at Haneda Airport, which had been closed since 6 p.m. after the accident, were lifted at 9:30 p.m., except for Runway C, where the accident occurred.

Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways cancel all domestic flights to and from Haneda

According to Japan Airlines, all flights departing from and arriving at Haneda have been canceled after the accident.

All Nippon Airways has also decided to cancel a total of 110 domestic flights departing from and arriving at Haneda Airport. Of these, nine flights scheduled to arrive at Haneda Airport returned to their departure airport. In addition, there are nine flights that changed their destination to another airport, such as Narita Airport or Chubu Centrair International Airport.
Meanwhile, the decision to operate international flights will be made based on future runway conditions.

Flights arriving at Haneda will be sequentially accepted at Narita Airport.

According to the Narita Airport Company, due to the fire that broke out at Haneda Airport, 23 domestic and international flights that were scheduled to land at Haneda Airport have contacted us to change their destination to Narita Airport. It means that we are accepting landings one by one.

Prime Minister Kishida orders to assess the situation

In response to the aircraft catching fire on the runway at Haneda Airport, Prime Minister Kishida announced at 6:05 p.m., ▽We will work closely with relevant ministries and agencies to do our best to rescue and rescue the victims. ▽I ​​instructed them to quickly ascertain the damage situation and strive to provide appropriate information to the public. The government has also set up an information liaison office at the Crisis Management Center in the Prime Minister’s Office to collect information.

Prime Minister Kishida told reporters upon leaving the Prime Minister’s Office, “I received a report from Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Saito. Thanks to the calm response of Japan Airlines staff, airport staff, and passengers, all 379 passengers and crew were able to evacuate.” For that, I would like to express my gratitude.”

Meanwhile, regarding the six people on board the Japan Coast Guard’s fixed-wing aircraft, “We received a report that five of the six Japan Coast Guard employees who were on board to respond to the Noto Peninsula earthquake were killed.” These people were employees who carried out their duties with a strong sense of mission and responsibility for the disaster-affected areas and victims, and this is a great loss. We would like to express our respect and gratitude for their sense of mission and offer our sincere condolences.” I did.

The weather conditions at that time were

According to the Tokyo Air Local Weather Observatory, a meteorological observatory located at Haneda Airport, the weather conditions observed at 5:54 p.m., immediately after the accident, were clear and the visibility, which indicates the distance visible to the naked eye, was 30. That means it was kilos.

Additionally, the wind direction was mostly north, with a wind speed of 3.6 meters, and although a few clouds were observed approximately 600 meters above the ground, the situation did not pose a particular problem to aircraft operations.

Flight radar information

According to Flightradar 24, a private website that publishes flight courses based on position and altitude information transmitted by aircraft, the JAL plane departed from New Chitose Airport at 4:27 p.m. and was on track. After the flight, the plane landed at Haneda Airport at 5:47 p.m.

Normally, this website also reflects the route taken on the taxiway after landing, but for this JAL aircraft, the route was interrupted when it landed on Runway C.

Overseas media also breaking news

Overseas media are also reporting on the latest news about the Japan Airlines aircraft going up in flames. Among these, the British public broadcaster BBC notified via app just after 6:15 pm Japan time, “A Japan Airlines aircraft is on fire at Haneda Airport. Firefighting efforts are underway.”

Then, just before 6:30 p.m., we broadcast a breaking news report showing the fire at Haneda Airport, along with live footage of the aircraft on fire. In this, the announcer said, “Although the details are not known, the burning aircraft was headed from Hokkaido to Haneda Airport. There is also information that it came into contact with a Japan Coast Guard aircraft.”

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