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A Japan Coast Guard plane collided with a Japan Airlines passenger plane that crashed to the ground at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Tuesday, killing all five people on board.

Japan's Transport Minister Tetsuo Saito told reporters that all 379 passengers and crew on the plane that caught fire were safely evacuated.

But after Monday's strong earthquake, five of the six crew members on the small plane bound for central Japan died, Saito said.

The captain escaped with his life but suffered injuries, he said, warning that it was “not yet the stage to explain the cause” of the accident.

Unverified footage shared on television and social media shows a Japan Airlines (JAL) passenger plane moving along the runway before a large plume of orange flames and black smoke erupts from below and behind the aircraft. The situation was visible.

A video posted on social media platform

All 367 passengers and 12 crew members were quickly removed from the plane before dozens of fire trucks with flashing blue lights sprayed the plane.

However, they were unable to extinguish the flames coming out of the windows near the wings, and flames soon engulfed the entire aircraft.

The plane was reportedly an Airbus 350 and arrived from New Chitose Airport, which serves Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaido. Eight children were also among the passengers.

“Smoke started to fill the cabin and I thought, 'This could be really bad,'” an adult male passenger told reporters at the airport.

“The announcement said the back and middle doors could not be opened. So everyone got off the front line,” he said.

A female passenger said the fire intensified after landing and the cabin became dark.

In comments aired on NHK, she said, “It got so hot on the plane that I honestly didn't think I could survive.”

~”Sense of mission”~
A Japan Coast Guard plane was preparing to fly to Ishikawa Prefecture to deliver supplies after a devastating earthquake on New Year's Day that killed at least 48 people.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida praised the crew members who died en route to help earthquake victims.

“These employees had a strong sense of mission and responsibility for the disaster-stricken areas. It's very unfortunate,” he told reporters.

Kishida said, “I would like to express my respect and gratitude for their sense of mission.''

According to Kyodo News, JAL announced that the plane collided with another aircraft on the runway or taxiway after landing.

There was also burnt debris on the runway at Haneda, one of the world's busiest airports.

Haneda had suspended domestic flights, but most international flights were still operating, according to its website.

Department of Transportation officials said an investigation into the incident, including interactions between the aircraft and air traffic control, is ongoing.

There have been no serious civil aviation accidents in Japan in recent decades.

The worst incident in history occurred in 1985, when a JAL jumbo jet bound for Osaka from Tokyo crashed in central Gunma Prefecture, killing 520 people on board.

This disaster was one of the world's deadliest aircraft accidents involving a single plane.

Source: guardian.ng

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