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Old 14-10-2014, 06:53 PM   #302
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Japan Airlines Flight 123 (日本航空123便墜落事故 Nihonkōkū 123 Bin Tsuirakujiko) was a scheduled domestic Japan Airlines passenger flight from Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) to Osaka International Airport, Japan. On Monday, August 12, 1985, a Boeing 747SR operating this route suffered mechanical failure 12 minutes into the flight and, 32 minutes later, crashed into two ridges of Mount Takamagahara in Ueno, Gunma Prefecture, 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Tokyo. The crash site was on Osutaka Ridge (御巣鷹の尾根 Osutaka-no-One), near Mount Osutaka. All 15 crew members and 505 of the 509 passengers on board died...



It is the deadliest single-aircraft accident in history, the deadliest aviation accident to occur on Japanese soil, and the second-deadliest accidental plane crash, behind the Tenerife airport disaster.. The fatalities added to August 1985 being commercial aviation's single deadliest month for passenger and crew deaths, part of the single deadliest such year, coming just ten days after the crash of Delta Air Lines Flight 191 killing 137 people and 10 days before the crash of British Airtours Flight 28M killing a further 55 people..The flight was around the Obon holiday period in Japan, when many Japanese people make yearly trips to their hometowns or resorts.. 299 of the passengers originated from Hyogo Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture in the Kansai region, making up 57% of the passengers..Around 21 non-Japanese boarded the flight.. By August 13, 1985, Geoffrey Tudor, a spokesperson for Japan Airlines, stated that the list included four Chinese residents of Hong Kong, two each from Italy and the United States, and one each from West Germany and the United Kingdom.. Some foreigners had dual nationalities, and some of them were residents of Japan..The four survivors, all female, were seated on the left side and towards the middle of seat rows 54–60, in the rear of the aircraft..Among the dead were singer Kyu Sakamoto and Japanese banker Akihisa Yukawa, the father of solo violinist Diana Yukawa...

Flight 123 took off from Runway 15L at Tokyo International Airport (commonly referred to as Haneda Airport) in Ōta, Tokyo, Japan, at 6:12 p.m., 12 minutes behind schedule.. About 12 minutes after takeoff, at near cruising altitude over Sagami Bay, the aircraft's aft pressure bulkhead tore open due to a preexisting defect, stemming from a panel that had been incorrectly repaired after a tailstrike accident years earlier. This caused an explosive decompression, causing pressurized air to rush out of the cabin and bring down the ceiling around the rear lavatories.. The air then blew the vertical stabilizer off the aircraft, severing all 4 hydraulic lines.. A photograph taken from the ground some time later confirmed that the vertical stabilizer was missing..Ed Magnuson of Time magazine said that the area where the aircraft crashed was referred to as the "Tibet" of Gunma Prefecture.. is a prefecture of Japan located in the northwest corner of the Kantō region on the main Honshu island.. Its capital is Maebashi..Japan was without horses until around the 5th century CE..The ancient province of Gunma was a center of the horsebreeding and trading activities for the newly immigrated continental peoples. The arrival of horses and the remains of horse-tackle coincides with the arrival of a large migration from the mainland. From this point forward, the horse became a vital part of Japanese military maneuvers, quickly displacing the older Yayoi tradition of fighting on foot...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Airlines_Flight_123
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