Five Coast Guard crew members flying to help earthquake victims died in plane crash in Japan

Five people aboard a Coast Guard aircraft died after a collision with a Japan Airlines plane at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan's capital, on Tuesday, Japan's transport minister said.

Five people aboard a Coast Guard aircraft died after a collision with a Japan Airlines plane at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan's capital, on Tuesday, Japan's transport minister said.

The video showed the Japan Airlines Airbus A-350 catching fire on the runway at Haneda Airport in the city of Ota, Tokyo. The plane collided with a coast guard plane carrying earthquake aid as it landed, Japanese TV reported, with the collision triggering a huge explosion.

Japan Airlines said all 367 passengers and 12 crew aboard the burning aircraft were evacuated.

NHK reported that at least 17 people evacuated from the passenger plane were injured.

Meanwhile, Japanese Transport Minister Tetsuo Saito said five crew members of the Coast Guard aircraft had died. The pilot, one of six on board, escaped with serious injuries, he added.

The transport minister said the cause of the accident was unclear and that the Japan Transport Safety Board, police and other departments would investigate.

“The Ministry of Transport will try to resume operations at Haneda Airport as soon as possible,” Saito said.

The Coast Guard aircraft was en route to the Niigata airport base to deliver aid to the earthquake-hit Noto Peninsula before the collision.

Source: www.lindaikejisblog.com

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