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Japan Airlines passengers, crew escape fireball on plane after collision

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TOKYO, Jan 2 (Reuters) – All 379 passengers and crew of a Japan Airlines plane miraculously escaped from a fire following a collision with a Coast Guard aircraft at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Tuesday, but five of the six crew of the coast guard plane were killed.

The Coast Guard said the collision involved one of its planes that was headed to Niigata airport on Japan’s west coast to deliver aid to those caught up in a powerful earthquake that struck on New Year’s Day.

I felt a boom like we had hit something and jerked upward the moment we landed,” a passenger on the Japan Airlines flight told Kyodo news agency.”I saw sparks outside the window and the cabin filled with gas and smoke.”

Live footage on public broadcaster NHK showed the Japan Airlines (JAL) (9201.T) Airbus (AIR.PA) A350 aircraft bursting into flames as it skidded down the tarmac shortly before 6 p.m. (0900 GMT).It was later overwhelmed by the blaze despite feverish efforts by rescue crews to control the fire. But not before all 367 passengers and 12 crew were evacuated.

(Foreign Media)

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