Small plane crashes into Tokyo residential area, three feared dead

Updated on Jul 26, 2015 02:01 PM IST
A small plane crashed into a residential area of Tokyo on Sunday, setting several houses afire and reportedly killing three people and injuring five others, according to officials as well as local media.
An aerial view shows debris of a crashed light plane (bottom C) and burning houses are seen after the plane went down in a residential area and burst into flames, in Chofu, outskirt of Tokyo. (Reuters)
An aerial view shows debris of a crashed light plane (bottom C) and burning houses are seen after the plane went down in a residential area and burst into flames, in Chofu, outskirt of Tokyo. (Reuters)
AFP | By, Tokyo

A small plane crashed into a residential area of Tokyo on Sunday, setting several houses afire and reportedly killing three people and injuring five others, according to officials as well as local media.

The aircraft with a 36-year-old pilot and four passengers on board crashed at around 11:00 am (0200 GMT) shortly after take-off from Tokyo's Chofu airport, public broadcaster NHK reported.

"Four people were involved in the accident and three of them were rescued, but we don't know about further details, including their condition," a spokesman at the Tokyo Fire Department told AFP.

NHK, quoting police, said two people on board and one female local resident were killed in the accident, while five others were injured. Jiji Press said the two casualties aboard were the pilot and a male passenger.

Immediate confirmation of the reports was not available.



A firefighter rushes to the site where a light plane went down in a residential area and burst into flames, in Chofu, outskirt of Tokyo. (Reuters/Kyodo)

A female witness told AFP: "First, I thought a large truck had crashed into a neighbouring house as I heard the rumbling of the earth. I then saw ferocious smoke."

At least three houses and two cars were on fire in the residential district of Chofu only some 500 metres (yards) from the airport.

The crash also damaged the roofs of other houses nearby, according to the spokesman and local media.

"I thought it was flying quite low and then I heard a bang," a local resident who witnessed the crash told NHK.

Television footage showed firefighters battling the inferno, as well as the remains of the plane's tail that had squashed a car.

It also showed flames engulfing one of the houses and the plane's front fuselage as black smoke rose from the crash site near a school, a baseball stadium and a shopping arcade.



The tail section of the crashed light plane. (Reuters/Kyodo)

"This place is close to the airport but I'm surprised because I had never thought that an airplane would crash," an 82-year-old woman told NHK.

The single-engine propeller-driven aircraft was bound for Izuoshima island in the Pacific some 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of central Tokyo for a one-day training flight, local media said.

"I have lived here for a long time and get used to the noise of light planes, but it was obviously abnormal," Kotaro Sunaga, a 32-year-old businessman, told Jiji Press.

Police have launched an investigation into the accident on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in death, local media said.



An aerial view shows debris of a crashed light plane and burning houses. (Reuters/Kyodo)
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Author Salman Rushdie, behind screen left, is tended to after he was attacked during a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.

    French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo slams Rushdie stabbing

    French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, whose 12 staff members were gunned down in 2015 over cartoons about Prophet Mohammed considered blasphemous by many Muslims, said Saturday that nothing justified the stabbing of Salman Rushdie. The British author, who spent years in hiding after an Iranian fatwa ordered his killing, was on a ventilator following a stabbing attack at a literary event in New York state Friday.

  • Image for representative purpose only.

    Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes Philippine islands region: Report

    An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck the Moro Gulf, Mindanao region in the Philippines on Saturday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said. The quake was at a depth of 10 km ( 6.21 miles), EMSC said.

  • A man walks on the street in the heavy rain caused by Tropical Storm Meari in Hamamatsu, central Japan.

    Tropical storm Meari strikes Japan, thousands affected | 10 points

    A tropical storm - 'Meari' - unleashed itself onto Japan, bringing heavy rains on the main Honshu island Saturday, as it headed further northward towards capital city Tokyo, Japanese weather officials announced. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Tropical Storm Meari made a landfall in Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, on Saturday afternoon, causing sudden downpour with blasting winds, prompting warnings about mudslides and flooding. Here's what we know so far: 1.

  • Iranian women are seen holding banners which read ‘Holly Koran' and ‘Kill Salman Rushdie' during a demonstration against British writer Salman Rushdie in Tehran. 

    Praise, worry in Iran after Salman Rushdie attack; government maintains silence

    Iranians reacted with praise and worry Saturday over the attack on novelist Salman Rushdie, the target of a decades-old fatwa by the late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini calling for his death. It remains unclear why Rushdie's attacker, identified by police as Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey, stabbed the author as he prepared to speak at an event Friday in western New York.

  • In this file photo taken on February 17, 1989, Iranian women are seen holding banners which read "Holly Koran" and "Kill Salman Rushdie" during a demonstration against British writer Salman Rushdie in Tehran.

    Fatwa, fatal attacks, book ban: How Salman Rushdie's novel triggered outrage

    The attack on Booker-winning novelist Salman Rushdie has sent shockwaves to the world, especially those who champion freedom of speech and expression. A bounty of over USD 3 million has been offered till date for anyone who kills Rushdie. In 1998, a hardline Iranian student group announced one billion rial (then $333,000) bounty for Rushdie's head. Rushdie into hiding Rushdie went into hiding with round-the-clock police protection after he started receiving death threats.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now