List of plane crashes in 2024

List of plane crashes in 2024

Airline crashes, though rare, are catastrophic events that capture global attention due to their profound impact on human lives and the aviation industry. These incidents, marked by tragedy and loss, prompt thorough investigations to determine their causes and enhance safety measures.

When an airline crash occurs, it not only affects the passengers and crew on board but also leaves a lasting impact on families, communities, and the airline industry as a whole. Each incident prompts a collective reflection on safety protocols, aircraft design, and communication procedures.

In the aftermath of a crash, investigators meticulously analyze flight data, cockpit voice recordings, and wreckage to unravel the sequence of events. Findings from these investigations contribute to safety improvements, fostering a culture of continuous learning within the aviation community.

Japan JAL flight 516 debris

Japan Flight JAL516

On Tuesday, January 02, 2024,  a tragic incident occurred at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport when a Japanese coast guard aircraft collided with a Japan Airlines passenger plane, resulting in a burst of flames on the runway. Fortunately, all 379 occupants of Japan Airlines flight JAL-516 managed to evacuate safely before the aircraft became engulfed in flames. Regrettably, the Japanese coast guard reported that the pilot of their aircraft escaped, but the five other crew members were found deceased.

The Airbus A350-941 involved in the accident, registered as JA13XJ and with manufacturer serial number 538, was just over two years old at the time of the collision. The aircraft, which first flew on September 20, 2021, and was delivered to JAL on November 10, had flown from Shin Chitose airport to Haneda. The Japan Coast Guard aircraft, a De Havilland Canada DHC-8-315Q MPA nicknamed Mizunagi-1, registered as JA722A and with manufacturer serial number 656, was approximately 16 years old. Acquired by the Coast Guard in March 2009, this aircraft had previously sustained damage in the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami but had been successfully repaired. Notably, the Dash 8 was reportedly not equipped with an ADS-B transponder.

Yoshinori Yanagishima, a spokesperson for the Coast Guard, confirmed the collision between the passenger plane and its flight MA-722, a Bombardier Dash-8. The coast guard plane, based at Haneda, had been scheduled to deliver relief goods to Niigata for residents affected by a recent deadly earthquake in the region that claimed at least 48 lives.

The incident unfolded at Haneda Airport, one of Japan’s busiest airports, where many people travel during the New Year holidays. In response to the crash, Japan Airlines issued a statement, which can be found at the following link: JAL Statement on JAL516 accident.

Airbus also issues a statement following the plane crash which can be found at the following link: Airbus statement on JAL516 accident.

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