Japan Airlines Airbus A350 collides with Dash 8 at Tokyo Haneda

The JAL Airbus A350-900 involved in the incident. Photo: © Steven Byles

A Japan Airlines Airbus A350-900 has collided with a Japanese Coast Guard DeHavilland Dash 8-300 on the runway whilst landing at Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND).

The A350 was operating flight JL516 from Sapporo to Tokyo when it collided with the Dash 8 at high speed after touching down on runway 34R at Haneda. Video footage has been circulated on social media which shows the impact and the A350 continuing to slow along the runway whilst on fire.

All of the 379 people on board the aircraft (which seats up to 391 passengers in Japan Airlines configurations) have been evacuated without any casualties. The airliner has subsequently been completely destroyed by fire and the blaze took several hours to extinguish. At the same time, although the captain of the Dash 8 that was struck survived, the other five occupants of the aircraft were tragically killed in the collision.

Japan Airlines operates 16 Airbus A350-900 aircraft and a single A350-1000 which was delivered to the airline in December. The aircraft involved in this incident was JA13XJ (delivered to JAL in November 2021), and it marks the first hull loss incident for an Airbus A350 since its entry into service in 2015 with Qatar Airways. The Dash 8 involved is reported to be tail number JA722A.