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Updated January 2nd, 2024 at 15:35 IST

Video shows exact moment Japan Airline flight with 300 passengers onboard catches fire | WATCH

The videos from Japan flight showed fire crews working to put out the fire. It wasn’t immediately clear what had happened or if there were injuries.

Isha Bhandari
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Japan: A harrowing incident unfolded today at Tokyo Haneda Airport as a massive fire engulfed an aircraft on the runway. Dramatic footage aired by NHK revealed the intensity of the blaze, with flames visibly emanating from the windows of the plane.

The videos further showed fire crews working to put out the fire. It wasn’t immediately clear what had happened or if there were injuries. 

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Initial reports suggest a potential collision with a Coast Guard aircraft as the cause of the fire, according to Nippon TV. The aircraft, identified as Japan Airlines' flight JAL 516, originated from Shin-Chitose airport in Hokkaido and was carrying over 300 passengers.

According to reports, all passengers onboard have been evacuated. 

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Japan Airlines spokesperson on the fire 

A Japan Airlines spokesperson stated, "Our primary concern is the safety of our passengers. We are actively cooperating with authorities to determine the cause of this incident."

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Eyewitnesses claim that not only the plane but also the runway itself was set ablaze during the landing. Emergency services, as shown by NHK, are diligently working to extinguish the fire. At this moment, it remains unclear if there are any injuries or the extent of the damage.

Haneda Airport, being one of Japan's busiest, is now facing disruptions as authorities investigate the incident and work to ensure the safety of passengers and airport operations. The situation is rapidly developing, and updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

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Published January 2nd, 2024 at 15:16 IST

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