Japan Airlines aircraft, carrying hundreds of passengers, erupted in flames

 All passengers, crew escape blaze on Japan Airlines plane after Tokyo  airport collision | Reuters

On Tuesday, a Japan Airlines aircraft, carrying hundreds of passengers, erupted in flames upon landing at Tokyo's Haneda airport following a collision with an aircraft engaged in earthquake relief efforts.

Japan Airlines (JAL) reported that all passengers and crew, including eight infants, on JAL flight 516 were safely evacuated, but tragically, five out of six individuals on the other plane lost their lives. The incident occurred after the JAL flight arrived from Sapporo, a northern Japanese city, at 5:47 p.m. local time.

The second aircraft, believed to be a De Havilland Canada DHC-8 operated by the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), saw the loss of five crew members, with the plane's captain in critical condition, according to Japan's public broadcaster NHK.

JAL is actively investigating the specifics and the cause of the aircraft fire, as confirmed by a representative for the airline speaking to CNN.

Video footage captured the passenger jet engulfed in a substantial fireball while taxiing down the runway. Subsequently, the aircraft came to a halt, and passengers used emergency slides to escape the inferno, with firefighters working to contain the escalating flames.

A spokesperson from the Japan Coast Guard informed CNN that their aircraft was en route from Haneda airport to an airbase in Niigata prefecture to assist in relief efforts following a 7.5-magnitude earthquake on Monday.

Japan Airlines flight 516 departed from Sapporo's New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido prefecture bound for Tokyo's Haneda Airport, carrying approximately 400 passengers and crew, according to NHK.

Efforts to obtain further details from officials are underway, with CNN actively seeking confirmation. According to the flight tracking site FlightAware, the aircraft involved was an Airbus A350-900.

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