Airbus Offers Technical Support for Investigation of JAL Aircraft Fire Incident

Damage on Airbus A350-900 after collision at Haneda Airport

Airbus has released a statement regarding the incident believed to be a collision at Haneda Airport around 5:47 pm on February 2, involving Japan Airlines (JAL) Flight 516 (Airbus A350-900, registration number JA13XJ) and an aircraft of the Japan Coast Guard.

According to JAL, all 379 individuals aboard, consisting of 12 crew members and 367 passengers (including 8 infants), safely evacuated the aircraft. Out of the 6 people aboard the Coast Guard aircraft that was involved in the collision, 5 have been confirmed dead.

The JAL aircraft was an airframe (manufacturing number: MSN538) that had been delivered on November 10, 2021. Airbus states, “In accordance with the recommendations of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (ICAO), we are providing technical support for the investigations conducted by France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) and Japan’s Transport Safety Board (JTSB). To this end, Airbus has already dispatched a team of specialists to assist the authorities,” and extended sympathies with the comment, “We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones affected by this accident.”

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