Japan Airlines flight catches fire after landing at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, 367 passengers, 12 crew members evacuated safely

All 367 passengers and 12 crew members escaped miraculously after a Japan Airlines aircraft burst into flames at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Tuesday (January 2, 2024).

Japan Airlines flight burst into flames after landing at Haneda Airport. Photo Courtesy: X page video screen grab

Japan Airlines said the airplane — Flight 516 — travelled from New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, reported NHK.

Video footage showed the passenger jet moving and then catching fire.

According to reports, people were evacuated from the flight using emergency slides.

Japan Airlines said the plane collided with what appears to be a Japan Coast Guard aircraft after landing at Haneda Airport, NHK reported.

As per flight tracking site FlightAware, the aeroplane was an Airbus A350-900.

Aviation mishap in Japan

Japan has not recorded a major commercial aviation accident in decades.

In 1985, at least 520 passengers died when a JAL jumbo jet, flying from Tokyo to Osaka, crashed in the central Gunma region.