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Japan releases transcripts of fatal Tokyo collision

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Coast Guard plane debris after crash

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The airliner that collided with a coast guard aircraft at Tokyo airport on Tuesday had received permission to land, but the small plane had not for its part was not authorized to take off, according to the transcripts of conversations with the control tower published Wednesday by the Japanese authorities.

The 379 passengers and crew members of a Japan Airlines plane that caught fire Tuesday on the tarmac at Tokyo-Haneda Airport have been evacuated safely, but the collision claimed their lives to five of the six occupants of the Japanese coast guard aircraft.

The authorities have just started their investigation into the accident, the circumstances of which still remain unclear, in particular concerning the presence of the two planes on the same runway.

The commander of the Coast Guard team, which survived the collision, said he had received permission to enter the runway, according to an official, who acknowledged that this was not indicated in the transcriptions.

The Ministry of Transportation is submitting objective evidence and will cooperate fully with the investigation to ensure that we work together to take all safety measures possible to prevent this from happening again, Transport Minister Tetsuo Saito told reporters.

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The Japan Transportation Safety Board (JTSB) has recovered the voice recorder from the coast guard plane, authorities said.

The French Bureau of Investigation and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) announced the dispatch of four of its investigators and five technical advisors from Airbus to help the Japanese authorities. Canada's Transportation Safety Board also announced it would send an investigator.

At the same time, Tokyo police are investigating whether possible professional negligence would be involved, indicated several media, including Kyodo and the economic newspaper Nikkei.

Police have set up a special unit at the airport to investigate and plan to question those involved, a spokesperson said.

It is highly possible that it was human error, said aviation analyst Hiroyuki Kobayashi, a former Japan Airlines pilot. Plane accidents are very rarely caused by a single problem; so I think that, this time again, two or three problems led to the accident.

The collision occurred a few just weeks after the global airline industry received new runway safety warnings.

Japan Airlines said in a statement Wednesday that the Airbus received and repeated landing clearance from air traffic control before its approach and landing.

The passengers and crew of the airliner were evacuated within 20 minutes of the collision, but the plane, which caught fire, burned for more of six hours, according to the company.

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A Japan Airlines plane caught fire Tuesday after a collision on a runway at Tokyo-Haneda International Airport .

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