HOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2822 posts, RR: 53 Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5564 times:
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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.
Ktachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1765 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5352 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.
Centrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 21 Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5266 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."
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.'"
Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
Centrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 21 Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5208 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.