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<p class=All that remains is a charred hulk of the Airbus which caught fire with 367 passengers on board following a collision with a Japanese coast guard plane, on January 3, on the tarmac of Tokyo-Haneda airport.

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The passengers of flight JAL516 who escaped the collision of their plane with another plane at Tokyo-Haneda airport on Tuesday still cannot believe they were able to evacuate the plane, destroyed by the flames.

At the moment of impact, when smoke and suffocating heat quickly invade the fuselage, panicked passengers demand the doors be opened and the babies are screaming, according to the video of a passenger on board broadcast by Japanese media.

Please let us out! Please open! Just open up!, also moaned a child.

The crew members, however, maintain discipline in the ranks: Cooperate, please. please!, don't take your luggage out of the cabins, please!.

The smell of smoke was in the air, and the doors would not open. So I think everyone panicked, a passenger told Japanese television channel TBS and other local media at the airport.

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It was hot inside the plane and I honestly thought I wouldn't survive, another survivor told NHK. I felt really grateful when we were able to go out.

It's a miracle that we survived, also declared a 28-year-old passenger, quoted by the daily Nikkei.< /p>

Flight JAL516, an Airbus A350-900 from Shin-Chitose Airport near Sapporo, was carrying 367 passengers and 12 crew members. #x27;crew.

Everyone was able to evacuate using inflatable slides before the device completely burst into flames. Fourteen people who were on board were slightly injured, according to firefighters.

According to Japan Airlines, everyone was able to evacuate the plane at 6:05 p.m., a little over a quarter of an hour after the collision with the other aircraft, a smaller Japanese coast guard plane, five of the six occupants died.

Terence Fan, an aviation expert from the Singapore Management University (SMU) interviewed by AFP on Wednesday, said he was somewhat surprised by the completely successful evacuation of the flight, being as some doors [of the plane] could not be used because of the flames advancing from the rear.

This was possible because the passengers appear to have followed the instructions in an exemplary manner, allowing all of them and the crew to exit the plane in a short time, before the plane was entirely engulfed in flames, added Mr. Fan.

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The Japan Airlines plane quickly caught fire on Tuesday after a collision on a runway at Tokyo-Haneda International Airport.< /p>

Airlines must be able to evacuate all occupants of a plane within 90 seconds, according to rules set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said on Wednesday. AFP Doug Drury, another aviation expert from the University of Central Queensland in Australia.

Manufacturers must design their planes so as to theoretically be able to meet this deadline, and the cabin crew regularly trains for this purpose through simulations, added Mr. Drury, who considered the evacuation procedure of the JAL516 to be impeccable.

There may be some ambiguity about when the 90-second period should begin, according to Mr. Fan.

Based on the videos broadcast, it appears that the crew of the JAL plane took some time to decide which exits should be used, which would have eaten into the 90 seconds, he said.

The pilots probably needed to hear from the cabin crew managers to make a decision. Fortunately, the nature of the accident allowed the structure of the plane to remain intact long enough for everyone to escape, this expert further judged.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The causes of the collision are still unexplained for the moment, but human error probably contributed to it, think these two aviation experts interviewed by AFP.< /p>

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