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Exactly 20 Years Ago, JAL123

Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:32 am

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

http://www.airdisaster.com/cgi-bin/v...5¢ç=JA8119&airline=Japan+Air+Lines

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

http://mito.cool.ne.jp/detestation/123.html
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RE: Exactly 20 Years Ago, JAL123

Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:43 am

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.
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RE: Exactly 20 Years Ago, JAL123

Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:49 am

Sad news...
Unfortuantely these things will happen  Sad

Rest in peace...
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RE: Exactly 20 Years Ago, JAL123

Fri Aug 12, 2005 5:01 am

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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RE: Exactly 20 Years Ago, JAL123

Fri Aug 12, 2005 5:07 am

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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RE: Exactly 20 Years Ago, JAL123

Fri Aug 12, 2005 7:24 am

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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RE: Exactly 20 Years Ago, JAL123

Fri Aug 12, 2005 8:49 am

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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RE: Exactly 20 Years Ago, JAL123

Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:39 am

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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