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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Japan Coast Guard Plane Reportedly Did Not Receive Clearance for Take-Off Before Runway Collision


TOKYO – Tragedy struck‍ at ​Haneda airport in⁤ Tokyo when a⁤ Japan Airlines Airbus A350‌ collided with⁢ a⁤ De Havilland‌ Dash-8 Coast Guard turboprop, resulting‍ in a fiery crash. The Airbus A350 had been‍ given permission to land, ​but the smaller plane had not been ⁤cleared for takeoff, according to control tower transcripts.

All 379 passengers aboard the Japan Airlines jet managed to evacuate‍ after the⁢ collision, but unfortunately, five of the six Coast Guard crew members died in⁣ the accident. The⁤ captain of the Coast Guard ​aircraft, who escaped the wreckage, sustained severe injuries.

As​ authorities begin ⁣their investigations, there is uncertainty surrounding the circumstances of the ⁢crash, including how the two aircraft ‍ended up on the same runway. Experts emphasize that it usually takes the ⁢failure of multiple safety measures for an ​airplane accident to occur.

Transcripts of traffic⁤ control instructions released ‍by authorities indicate that the Japan Airlines ​jet had been given​ permission to land, while the Coast Guard aircraft had been ⁤instructed to taxi to a holding point near the runway. However, there was no indication in the transcripts⁣ that the Coast Guard aircraft had been granted permission to take off.

The Japan Safety Transport Board,⁤ along with agencies in⁤ France⁤ and Britain, where the⁤ Airbus jet and its engines were designed and manufactured, are‍ investigating ⁢the accident. Additionally, the ⁢TSB ​safety agency in Canada, where the Coast Guard Dash-8 was originally built, will ⁢also‍ take part ⁣in the ⁤investigation.

Police‍ Inquiry

Meanwhile, Tokyo ‍police are conducting an investigation‌ to determine ‌if⁣ possible professional negligence led to the deaths and injuries. There are concerns ​over tensions between civil safety investigations and police-led inquiries, as the latter are designed to apportion ‌blame.

Aviation analyst Hiroyuki Kobayashi, a former JAL pilot,​ believes there is a ⁤strong possibility of​ human error contributing⁣ to‍ the accident.⁢ He stated, ⁤”Aircraft accidents very rarely occur due to a single problem, so ​I ⁢think that this time too ‍there were two or three issues ⁤that led to the accident.”

As the investigation unfolds, the main focus will be on situational awareness and understanding ⁤the‌ communication between⁢ the‌ pilots and air‌ traffic control. The cockpit⁤ voice recorder and air traffic tapes⁤ will‍ provide crucial information for⁢ the investigation.

The tragic accident ⁢has led to the ‌cancellation of numerous flights, both domestic‍ and⁣ international, at Haneda airport. However, emergency flights⁤ and high-speed ‌rail services​ have been⁣ requested to alleviate the congestion caused by the cancellations.

Michael Daniel, a former U.S. ‍accident investigator, emphasized​ that the ‍investigation will lead ‍to recommendations aimed ⁤at improving safety measures to prevent ​similar‌ accidents in the ⁣future.

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  1. Disagree Lack of clearance doesn’t necessarily mean it was the cause of the collision. Further investigation is needed to determine what really happened.


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