JAL Airbus A350-900 destroyed by fire after colliding with turboprop in Tokyo

Widebody collided with a coast guard plane that was on the runway at Haneda Airport during landing. All occupants of the JAL plane survived

A Japan Airlines Airbus A350-900 was destroyed by fire in the early evening of January 2 while landing at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

The widebody registration JA13XJ had just landed from Sapporo on flight JL516 when a large trail of fire was seen on the left side of the aircraft.

The A350 collided with the Coast Guard Dash 8 turboprop registration JA722A, which was on an aid mission following the earthquake that occurred in Japan on January 1st.

Um dos pilotos do turboélice sobreviveu enquanto os outros cinco ocupantes tiveram as mortes confirmadas, segundo o governo japonês.

The aircraft had the front part of the fuselage destroyed and the nose landing gear possibly torn off by the impact.

For some experts, the A350’s composite material structure may have helped avoid a tragedy as it withstood a direct impact from another aircraft. It was the first serious accident with Airbus’ newest widebody.

The Dash 8 turboprop involved in the accident was carrying aid to victims of Monday’s earthquake (Kwok Ho Eddie Wong)

The 379 passengers and crew on board were reportedly able to evacuate safely before the aircraft was consumed by fire.

Videos from passengers and airport security cameras show the Airbus jet engulfed in flames.

In a statement, Airbus regretted the accident and the death of the occupants of the Dash 8. The company stated that “in line with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 13 recommendations, Airbus will 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. For this purpose, Airbus is presently dispatching a team of specialists to assist the Authorities.”

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