Airbus Tragedy: JAL516 Accident Update

Airbus confirms an A350-900 operated by Japan Airlines collided with a DHC-8 aircraft during landing at Haneda
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Airbus confirms an A350-900 operated by Japan Airlines collided with a DHC-8 aircraft during landing at Haneda International Airport. All 367 passengers and 12 crew members on the JAL516 flight safely evacuated, while tragically, five of six individuals on the DHC-8 did not survive. Airbus pledges technical support for the ongoing investigations led by aviation safety authorities.



In a tragic incident, an Airbus A350-900 operated by Japan Airlines encountered a collision with a DHC-8 aircraft during the landing phase at Haneda International Airport following its departure from Sapporo New Chitose Airport. The Airbus flight, identified as JAL516, carried 367 passengers and 12 crew members, all of whom safely evacuated the aircraft after the accident.

Regrettably, the collision led to the loss of five out of six individuals aboard the DHC-8 aircraft. Details surrounding the circumstances of the incident remain under investigation by Japanese aviation authorities.

The specific aircraft involved in the accident bore the registration number JA13XJ and was identified by its manufacturer's serial number (MSN) 538. This Airbus A350 was delivered to Japan Airlines on November 10, 2021, and was equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

Adhering to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 13 guidelines, Airbus has committed to providing technical assistance to the French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA) and the Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) as they lead the investigation. A team of specialists is being dispatched to support the investigative authorities.

Airbus assures that further updates on the situation will be disseminated once comprehensive information is available and after obtaining authorization to disclose it.

The heartfelt concerns and sympathies of Airbus extend to the families, friends, and loved ones impacted by this tragic accident.


The tragic collision between a Japan Airlines-operated Airbus A350-900 and a DHC-8 aircraft has led to significant loss. Airbus remains committed to supporting the investigations conducted by aviation safety authorities in France and Japan, pledging technical assistance and collaboration. The incident marks a somber moment, with Airbus expressing sincere condolences to all affected by this distressing event.

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