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Planes Collide and Catch Fire at Japan’s Haneda Airport, Airbus Issues Statement

Our Bureau - : Jan 3, 2024 - : 2:07 am

An Airbus A350-900 aircraft operated by Japan Airlines was involved in an accident during flight JAL516 from Sapporo New Chitose Airport to Haneda International Airport. The aircraft and a Japanese coast guard aircraft collided on the runway at the airport on Tuesday and burst into flames, killing five people aboard the coast guard plane.

All 379 people on the Japan Airlines flight got out safely before the Airbus A350 was fully engulfed in flames, Transport Minister Tetsuo Saito confirmed. The pilot of the coast guard’s Bombardier Dash-8 plane escaped but the five crew members died, he added.

In an official statement, Airbus said that it would provide technical assistance to the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA) of France and to the Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) in charge of the investigation, in line with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 13 recommendations. Airbus is presently dispatching a team of specialists to assist the Authorities, the statement added.

According to Airbus, the aircraft involved in the accident, registered under the number JA13XJ, was MSN 538, delivered to Japan Airlines from the production line in November 2021. It was powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

“Our concerns and sympathy go to the families, friends and loved ones affected by the accident,” Airbus added.


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