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Burnt wreckage of the Japan Airlines passenger plane on the tarmac at Tokyo International Airport on Jan. 3, 2024, the morning after the airliner hit a smaller coast guard plane.Richard A. Brooks/AFP via Getty Images
At a Glance
- First serious crash involving an Airbus 350, which was introduced in 2015
- Passenger craft collided with Bombardier Dash-8 maritime patrol plane delivering supplies to quake victims in Niigata
- The Airbus 350 construction consists of up to 54% composites
Five members of coast guard crew perish
A350 achieves 25% fuel burn advantage
The fuselage of the Airbus A350 features a four-panel design with thick and thin sections. Image courtesy of Airbus.
Composite structures environmentally beneficial over time
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