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Japan evacuates 400 passengers from plane caught in fire at Tokyo airport

A Japan Airlines plane was in flames on the runway of Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Tuesday after apparently colliding with a coast guard aircraft, television reports said.

Airport authorities evacuated all 400 passengers and crew members from a plane which caught fire at an airport in the capital Tokyo on Tuesday.

The aircraft belonged to Japan Airlines, which said all the passengers aboard were evacuated, Tokyo-based Kyodo News reported.

Footage broadcast on Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed that a large part of the aircraft is on fire at the Haneda Airport.

Flight 516 collided with a plane which "appears" to be a Japan Coast Guard aircraft after landing at Haneda Airport, Japan Airlines said.

Airport authorities were seen working to extinguish the flames.

The incident comes as Japan is grappling with a massive earthquake in Ishikawa province along the seacoast on main Honshu Island. At least 48 people have died in the tremors.

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