Two planes collide in second Japan airport crash in weeks


Two planes have collided on a runway in the second Japan airport crash within weeks.

A Korean Air Lines plane clipped a Cathay Pacific Airways aircraft at New Chitose Airport on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Tuesday, a Korean Air official said.

According to Hokkaido Airports, which operates New Chitose Airport, they received a report at around 5:30pm local time.

The accident happened when the Korean Air plane was preparing for take-off, the airline official said.

There were 289 passengers on board the Korean Air plane, reported STV Japan but no injuries have been reported.

More than 46 flights have been cancelled today alone at the airport due to the snowy conditions in the region.

An airport spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

It comes just two weeks after a fatal plane collision at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport left five people dead.

A Japan Airlines erupted into flames after the collision with a coastguard aircraft on the runway on January 2.

All 367 passengers and 12 crew members on board the Airbus A350 were safely evacuated - but the five members of crew on the coastguard plane died.

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