“A Japan Airlines aircraft caught fire at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport after colliding with a Japan Coast Guard plane upon landing on Tuesday.
Tragically, five out of six passengers on the Coast Guard aircraft lost their lives, as reported by Japan’s NHK. Japan Airlines confirmed the safe evacuation of all 379 passengers and crew members from their plane.
The incident occurred around 6:00 p.m. local time when the plane arrived from New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido.
The Coast Guard plane was en route to Niigata for earthquake relief efforts, responding to a series of powerful earthquakes in western Japan the previous day, which claimed the lives of at least 48 people and left over a dozen seriously injured.
The Tokyo Fire Department stated that five crew members perished, while the pilot, severely injured, managed to evacuate.
The aftermath of the earthquakes in the Ishikawa prefecture was severe, with thousands of buildings, vehicles, and boats destroyed.
The extent of home damage was so significant that it could not be immediately assessed, according to Ishikawa officials. Aftershocks continued to rattle Ishikawa and nearby areas a day after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck, causing disruptions in water, power, and cell phone services in some regions as of Tuesday.”