Five people aboard a Japan Coast Guard aircraft died on Tuesday when it hit a Japan Airlines passenger plane on the ground in a fiery collision at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.


This was as Japanese rescuers battled on Tuesday to find survivors of a New Year’s Day earthquake that killed at least 50 people and caused widespread destruction.


Japanese transport Minister Tetsuo Saito said that All 379 passengers and crew on board the passenger plane that burst into flames were safely evacuated, meanwhile five of the six crew members from the smaller plane – bound for central Japan after Monday’s huge earthquake – died.


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