In the aftermath of a dramatic collision between at the Tokyo Haneda Airport – a Japan Airlines Airbus A350 and a De Havilland Dash-8 Coast Guard turboprop at the Airport, investigations into the possibility of professional negligence are underway.
The incident, occurring on Tuesday evening, resulted in a miraculous escape for all 379 individuals on board the airliner, which burst into flames post-collision. Tragically, five of the six Coast Guard crew responding to a seismic event lost their lives.
This collision, once a recurring safety concern, has become increasingly rare in the aviation industry due to modern ground tracking technology and stringent operational procedures, according to aviation experts. However, this incident has emerged shortly after renewed global warnings regarding runway safety.
Japan Airlines Haneda Airport Crash: Suspected Negligence as cause of crash
Japan Airlines stated that the aircraft had duly acknowledged and reiterated the landing permission from air traffic control at Haneda Airport before the collision occurred. Air traffic control recordings from liveATC.net corroborate that the JAL plane was cleared to land minutes before the reported collision at 17:45 local time.
Details surrounding the circumstances of the Tokyo Haneda Airport crash, including the position and activity of the Coast Guard plane at the time of the disaster, remain undisclosed. The Coast Guard aircraft, engaged in a humanitarian mission following a recent earthquake, had been one of the six stationed at the airport.
Japanese authorities are grappling with the unclear cause of the crash, prompting multiple investigations. The Metropolitan Police Department has initiated an investigation into potential professional negligence, while the Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB), in collaboration with agencies from France and Britain, is also probing the incident. Airbus is sending technical advisers to assist in the investigation.
Despite the successful evacuation of all passengers and crew within 20 minutes of the crash, the JAL aircraft was engulfed in flames for over six hours. Efforts are underway to clear the wreckage from the site, with authorities gearing up for the challenging task of removing the charred remains.
As investigations continue, authorities are steadfast in their efforts to unravel the events leading to this alarming collision and the tragic loss of lives.