JAL crash – Hundreds of people commemorated 30th anniversary of the disaster on Wednesday.
Relatives of the victims killed in the Japan Airlines (JAL) tragedy visited the accident site in the mountains northwest of Tokyo to pray for their loved ones. The relatives carried bouquet of flowers and climbed 800 meters up a steep mountain trail along with JAL president Yoshiharu Ueki. They laid flowers and offered prayers for the victims at grave markers located on Osutaka Ridge.
On the eve of the anniversary, relatives and friends floated paper lanterns on the Kanna River near the site of the crash and prayed for loved ones and for transport safety. The lanterns had messages such as “Wishing for transport safety” and “Will not forget the accident.”
In 1985, Japan Airlines Flight 123 was heading to Osaka with 524 passengers and crew aboard when it crashed on Mount Osutaka in Gumma Prefecterure. The accident killed all onboard except two women and two girls and it happened during the Bon summer holidays. It is still the world’s deadliest single-aircraft disaster in history.
The Boeing 747 reported a loud noise just 10 minutes into the trip and the crew declared an emergency as they tried to regain power over the aircraft. The carrier took off from Haneda airport at 6:15pm and it crashed into the mountain at 6:56pm, around 40 minutes into the flight.
Two years later, the investigation commission concluded that the accident was caused by improper repairs conducted by Boeing Co., the maker of the aircraft, on the pressure bulkhead that the airline did not detect in its maintenance checks.
This year’s anniversary comes few weeks after the wreckage from missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, which disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 239 people onboard. IMAGE/japantimes