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Exactly 20 Years Ago, JAL123  
User currently offlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3364 posts, RR: 51
Posted (10 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 8403 times:

Exactly 20 years ago, on August 12th 1985, a Japan Airlines 747 JA8119 on a flight from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Osaka Itami Airport has suffered a pressure bulkhead failure, causing an explosion and most parts of the tail has fallen off.
The 747 tried to make an emergency landing back to the airport, but unfortunately it could not make it back. It crashed on Mt. Osutaka.
520 passengers and crew out of 524 had lost their lives.  Sad


Here is a flash animation showing the locations, and CVR.


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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 7428 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 8367 times:

Was there a Japanese singer that had a #1 song in 1963, on this flight? Can't remember his name. It was the first foreign language song to reach #1 in the USA.

I feel woozy....what did you put in that Pudding Pop?
User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 8348 times:

Sad news...
Unfortuantely these things will happen  Sad

Rest in peace...

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User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 8317 times:

727LOVER: I belive you are talking about Kyu Sakamoto who did perish on JAL 123. I think the song was "Sukiyaki".

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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 8297 times:

And the group A Taste Of Honey, which also had a huge disco hit with "Boogie Oogie Oogie" did an English version of "Sukiyaki".

Has there ever been any word of the four survivors?

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User currently offlineKtachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1858 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 6 hours ago) and read 8191 times:

Quoting BH346 (Reply 3):
727LOVER: I belive you are talking about Kyu Sakamoto who did perish on JAL 123. I think the song was "Sukiyaki".

Yes and the title in Japanese was "Ue wo muite arukou" (look above and walk). Such a pity.

I was recently reading several articles on this crash but exactly, how many people from JAL commited suicide? And I heard that the boeing engineer responsible for fixing the plane commited suicide as well.

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User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3604 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 8105 times:

JAL 123, a domestic configured 747 crashed into a mountain in 1985 killing 520 people.

"The aircraft was involved in a tailstrike incident at Itami Airport on June 2, 1978, which damaged the aircraft's rear bulkhead. The subsequent repair performed by Boeing was flawed. Boeing's procedures called for a doubler plate with two rows of rivets to cover up the damaged bulkhead, but the engineers fixing the aircraft used two doubler plates with only one row of rivets. This reduced the part's resistance to metal fatigue by 70%. When the bulkhead gave way, it ruptured the lines of all four hydraulic systems. With the aircraft's control surfaces disabled, the aircraft was uncontrollable."

The plane crashed into Mt. Osutaka.

National Air Disaster Alliance Report
Japan Times Article
Gunma lesson's unheeded: JAL 123 20 years later
Sequence of events

Sadly 20 years later, JAL is under the eyes of the government for recent violations of aviation safety. Yet, "a warped aluminum panel is stored in a Japan Airlines Co. facility at Haneda Airport. A sign beside the panel reads, 'This display of the remains of a crashed aircraft serves as a reminder for aviation safety.'"

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User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3604 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 8047 times:

The head boeing engineer in charge of the repairs has admitted that Boeing had actually done a little cover-up to save some money on repairing the plane following its tail strike. He was interviewed last night on Japanese TV. He says that he has a heavy heart for his actions and wishes to climb Mt. Osutaka and give his condolences again. He said it was wrong for Boeing to use Known faulty parts and to do shotty work just to save a few bucks. And it was worse to cover it up.

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