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Japan Airlines Flight 516 Fire at Tokyo Haneda, What We Know

As reported by NHK news, a Japan Airlines aircraft caught fire at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Remarkably, all 379 passengers and crew safely evacuated the aircraft. Firefighters are still extinguishing the flames.

NHK news reports Japan Airlines Flight 516 caught fire after landing at Haneda Airport.

Japan Airlines Flight 516 departed from New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido on 16.15 JST and caught fire after landing at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport at 17.47 JST. Japan Airlines flies the A350-900 on high-demand domestic routes. The flight was evidently operating full as the aircraft has capacity for 369 passenger seats.

JAL LOPA A350-900 Aircraft seat map
JAL LOPA A350-900 Aircraft seat map

The fire on the Japan Airlines A350-900 started when the aircraft collided with a Japan Coast Guard aircraft on the runway after landing at Haneda Airport.

Further reporting by SkyNews says that the Coast Guard aircraft involved was a Bombardier Dash 8. There were reportedly 6 Coast Guard crew onboard. The Coast Guard captain evacuated the aircraft and the remaining five crew are reported to have died.

Japan Airlines Flight 516: A Remarkable Evacuation

The crew’s work to effectively evacuate the aircraft in the tight time required with such an intense fire is remarkable. It demonstrates that as regulations require, passengers can evacuate the A350 aircraft quickly. Aircraft manufacturers must demonstrate that passengers can evacuate aircraft in 90 seconds.

A thorough investigation will detail the crew’s procedures to ensure everyone survived this intense fire event.

This is a developing story, and FlightChic will update it as more information becomes available.

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