Video: Airbus in flames on Tokyo runway

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A Japan Airlines plane was in flames on Tuesday morning on a runway at Tokyo’s Haneda airport after it presumably collided with a coast guard plane.

Local TV news channel NHK showed the plane moving on the runway, before being surrounded by an orange fireball.

All 367 passengers on board the Airbus plane were taken to safety, NKH reported. At this stage, however, five people on board the Japanese Coast Guard aircraft are still unaccounted for.

Although the cause of the incident was not immediately known, the claim is that the Airbus and the Coast Guard aircraft collided.

According to reports, the plane had just arrived from Sapporo Airport, on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

A Coast Guard official at Haneda Airport, one of the world’s busiest, said they were still “checking details”.

“It is not clear that there was a collision. But there is certainty about the fact that our plane is involved,” he said.

The TV footage shows flames coming from the windows and the plane’s nose on the ground as rescue workers try to put out the fire. There was also burning debris on the runway.

More than 70 fire engines were dispatched to the scene, NHK reported.

Japan has not had a serious commercial aviation accident in years.

The worst incident in the country’s history was in 1985, when a JAL jumbo jet from Tokyo to Osaka crashed in the Gunma region. All 520 people on board died. The incident is also considered to be one of the world’s worst plane crashes involving only a single flight.