A Japan Airlines flight collided with an earthquake relief plane at Tokyo's Haneda airport and burst into flames.



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A Japan Airlines flight carrying hundreds of passengers burst into flames on Tuesday when it collided with another plane involved in earthquake relief operations while landing at Tokyo's Haneda airport.

JAL Flight 516 caught fire at 5:47 p.m. local time (3:47 a.m. ET) after flying from the northern Japanese city of Sapporo to Haneda.

All crew and passengers, including eight children under the age of two, were safely evacuated from the passenger plane, the airline said. One person on the Coast Guard plane escaped, but 5 others were missing.

JAL is investigating the cause and details of the fire, an airline representative told CNN.

The footage shows the passenger jet moving and then igniting with a huge fireball. As firefighters tried to douse the growing flames, people used emergency slides to escape the inferno while the plane was stalled.

The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) confirmed to CNN that one of its planes, a fixed-wing MA722, may have collided with commercial flight 516 on the runway.

A JCG aircraft flew from Haneda Airport to JCG Air Base in Niigata Prefecture to help with relief efforts following Monday's 7.5-magnitude earthquake, a JCG spokesman told CNN.

Japan Airlines Flight 516 took off from Sapporo's New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido Prefecture to Tokyo's Haneda Airport, NHK reported.

According to NHK, there were approximately 400 passengers and crew on board.

CNN is reaching out to officials to confirm more details.

According to flight tracking site, FlightAwareThe aircraft is an Airbus A350-900.

CNN's Emiko Jozuka and Mayumi Maruyama contributed to this article

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