EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32 Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4596 times:
20 years ago today JA8119, a Japan Airlines Boeing 747SR-46 crashed into Mount Takamagahara in Japan killing 520 of 524 passengers on board. I believe it is still the biggest death toll in a single aircraft crash ever (discounting the terrorist attacks of September 11th). The aircraft lost it's tailplane and due in part to the heroics of the pilots kept in the air for a very long time before plunging into a remote area near Mount Osutaka. The accident was noted for the fact that many passengers managed to scribble goodbye notes to their loved ones before the aircraft crashed. It was incredible that anybody survived and a credit to the rescue teams.
Trex8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 5550 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4572 times:
it was a major tragedy but it occurred to a non western airline on a domestic flight and few foreigners were involved and unfortunately most people in N America and Europe did not at the time and are unlikley today to care less.
anyone know how much Boeing coughed up in compensation for its faulty repair which caused the crash?? it was not public at the time but this many years out I would think someone has squealed.
Centrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3604 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4497 times:
The followng post is full of thick sarcasm.
Quoting Trex8 (Reply 2): it was a major tragedy but it occurred to a non western airline on a domestic flight and few foreigners were involved and unfortunately most people in N America and Europe did not at the time and are unlikley today to care less.
Wow....Just for your very true comments Trex8 I am going to try and move this post up to the top again.
Yes this is the 3rd post about this event. When we talk about the Korean Air crash (russian attack) it gets hits...dies quickly. When we talk about things that happen in The Americas or Europe, they get attention and end up half being about NOTHING. Why? Simple concept of Journalism, if it effects all or is local it will get attention. That is why the local news will focus heavily on a car crash and not on peace negotiations in the middle east. Which one will people talk about? Which one affects the viewers, readers, listeners directly in their lives.
Yes JAL123 was a domestic flight, but it is categorized as the WORST SINGLE AIRCRAFT DISASTER IN AVIATION HISTORY. If this had been an international flight doing the Kangaroo...oh man would this be the longest thread in A.net history. But sadly This tread just like the others will die. To make Trex8's comments into very easy to understand English...520 Japanese people died crashing into a mountainside in Japan on a plane built by an American company which also had performed a very shotty sub-standard repair job seven years earlier. Not Western....Don't give a rats ....
May the families of the deceased have peace in knowing that the world really doesn't care....So how about that strike at Heathrow? What? United 757 with Winglets?
The lessons learned from this accident saved millions of lives later. Did Boeing learn a lesson? Has JL really learned theirs? Do airlines all over the world learn from these accidents and benefit from them? I hope so.
Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
You're forgetting the other fundamental aspect of journalism - topicality. This happened 20 years ago, not yesterday. Just because '20' is a nice round number, why should this event suddenly need to become national news again? Nothing's changed about it.