A Japan Airlines plane caught fire on landing at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Tuesday morning, January 2, 2024. All 379 passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the plane, which was identified as Flight 516 from New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido.
The plane was scheduled to land at Haneda at 5:40 a.m. JST, but it caught fire as it was making its final approach. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is believed to have originated in the aircraft’s landing gear.
The fire quickly spread to the rest of the plane, and it was engulfed in flames by the time it came to a stop on the runway. Firefighters from Haneda Airport responded to the scene and were able to extinguish the fire.
All of the passengers and crew were able to evacuate the plane without any injuries. They were taken to a nearby hotel where they were provided with food and accommodations.
Japan Airlines has apologized for the incident and is cooperating with the investigation.
Safety of air travel
This incident is a reminder of the importance of air safety. Aviation is one of the safest modes of transportation, but accidents can still happen.
There are a number of factors that contribute to air safety, including:
- Highly trained pilots and crew
- Regular maintenance of aircraft
- Strict safety regulations
Airlines and governments are constantly working to improve air safety. This includes investing in new technologies, training, and regulations.
This incident was a serious one, but it is fortunate that all of the passengers and crew were able to evacuate the plane safely. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, and it is important to learn from this incident so that we can prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.
For the latest updates on this developing story, please refer to BBC News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4HQ2nMA1rI