A visual breakdown of the Tokyo airport accident: an overview of the Japan plane crash.

All 379 passengers and crew on a Japan Airlines plane miraculously escaped after colliding with another aircraft while landing at Haneda airport in Tokyo and bursting into flames on the runway.

The successful evacuation of the twin-engine airliner was praised, although the Japanese coastguard mourned the loss of five of their six crew members from their own destroyed aircraft.

According to a transport ministry official, there were no previous reports of engine or other problems before the landing of Japan Airlines flight 516.

The footage from the airport showed the passenger plane appearing to collide with an object while landing, suggesting that the coastguard aircraft may have still been on or near the runway.

In the past, similar accidents have occurred at night or in bad weather conditions when one plane has not cleared the active runway before another plane lands or takes off.

The cause of the accident remains unclear, and investigations will be conducted by the Japan Transport Safety Board, police, and other relevant departments.

The Japan Airlines (JAL) Airbus A350 aircraft departed from New Chitose airport on Hokkaido Island and landed at Haneda airport shortly before 6pm (9am GMT).

The collision involved a Bombardier-built Dash-8 plane, which was on its way to Niigata airport to provide aid to those affected by a recent powerful earthquake, resulting in at least 55 fatalities.

The captain of the coastguard aircraft managed to escape the blaze but sustained injuries.

While details are not confirmed, footage from inside the jet showed the main body of the plane intact after landing, but with flames outside and smoke inside the cabin.

Videos shared on social media displayed passengers running across the tarmac away from an evacuation slide. More than 70 fire engines extinguished the flames, allowing all 367 passengers, including eight children, and 12 crew members to safely flee.

According to the Tokyo fire department, at least 17 evacuated individuals from the passenger plane sustained injuries.

The footage suggests that the Dash-8 plane may have exploded upon impact, causing a large fire extensively spreading across the airport.

Haneda airport, one of the two main airports serving Tokyo, was closed for several hours. The incident occurred during the peak travel period in Japan, which coincide with the new year holidays.

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