JAL Safety Promotion Center

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JAL Safety Promotion Center

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Neighborhood: Haneda / Kamata
Haneda / Kamata is known for its airport with many hotels popping up with the increase in international flights. It’s also an area that offers many shrines and temples with ancient origins including Anamori Inari Shrine or Ikegami Honmonji temple which is visited by more than 300,000 people in October's Buddhist Oeshiki festival. The area around Kamata station is lined with restaurants and is lively until late at night. In particular, it’s known for the large collection of tasty gyoza specialists.

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Maynard H
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Japan Airlines Flight 123 ended with the deadliest single-aircraft accident in history
Dec 2015 • Friends
The August 12, 1985 crash of JAL123, from Tokyo to Ōsaka, killed 520 people, making it the deadliest single-aircraft accident in aviation history. (Only 4 survived.)

JAL wanted nothing more than to bury the debris, but victims' families insisted. They blame Boeing for the faulty repair of the aft pressure bulkhead after a tail strike seven years earlier, but our guide, a stewardess who lost friends and colleagues, so called a spade a spade: It was JAL that failed to detect the cracks developing over those seven years.

When the 747SR reached cruising altitude, a seam failed, a crack developed into a rupture, and the shards blew the rear half of the tail cone, rendering steering uncontrollable.

For 32 minutes, the two pilots struggled to maneuver the crippled plane back toward Tokyo for landing at Yokota Air Force Base. Behind them, the cabin attendants and passengers endured the phugoid (roller coaster) fluctuations in G forces and Dutch roll swaying.

The fight was in vain. A wing clipped one ridge, losing engine #4, and the plane crashed nose first into the next one. (The four survivors were in the tail.)

The museum has the recovered tail pieces (laid out horizontally to fit), the voice recorder, twisted seats, personal items donated by victims' families, and both halves of the ruptured bulkhead. Every twenty feet, there are videos. There is considerable repetition, but visitors in shock need time to digest the content.

The library is heavy on Japanese materials, but has computers serving up videos in English. I'd give them an "A for effort" grade because JAL skimped on the rewrite phases. There were no horrendous bloopers, but the "English" sometimes lapsed in Janglish. Some sentences were so long that the native speaker tripped up. One look at the official English website should give you a preview.

Aside: The only spelling error that I *noticed*—I'd left my red pencil at home—was on a wall: "towl" for "towel."

Finally, on-line reservation is available only in Japanese. English speakers have to call during JST business hours.
Written February 2, 2016
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