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Japan Airlines plane bursts into flames at Tokyo airport with 379 people on board, all escape

Author: Kevin Shalvey, Karson Yiu Source: News Corp Australia Network:
January 2, 2024 at 06:07

Flight JL516 had been travelling to Haneda Airport from Chitose, Hokkaido.
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A Japan Airlines plane was engulfed in flames after landing at Haneda Airport on Tuesday.

The flight, JL516, which was travelling from Chitose, Hokkaido, may have struck a Japan Coast Guard plane as it was landing, officials told Japanese broadcaster NHK, saying it was a preliminary assessment. The aircraft landed at about 5:47 p.m. local time.
 

PHOTO: A Japan Airlines plane is on fire on the runway of Haneda airport on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024 in Tokyo, Japan.
A Japan Airlines plane is on fire on the runway of Haneda airport on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024 in Tokyo, Japan.
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There were 367 passengers and 12 crew members onboard when the flight landed, NHK reported. All 379 have safely left the plane, the airline said, according to NHK.

PHOTO: Japan Airlines' A350 airplane is on fire at Haneda international airport in Tokyo, Japan Jan. 2, 2024.
Japan Airlines' A350 airplane is on fire at Haneda international airport in Tokyo, Japan Jan. 2, 2024.
Issei Kato/Reuters


Live video from the airport, an international hub on the outskirts of Tokyo, showed firefighters battling flames that have engulfed the aircraft's fuselage.

The plane was an Airbus A350, according to flight tracker FlightAware.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

ABC News' Joe Simonetti contributed to this story.

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