Japan Airlines Flight 350
|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia. (January 2009)|
|Date||February 9, 1982|
|Aircraft type||McDonnell Douglas DC-8-61|
|Flight origin||Fukuoka Airport|
Japan Airlines Flight 350 was a McDonnell Douglas DC-8-61, registered JA8061, on a domestic scheduled passenger flight from Fukuoka, Japan, to Tokyo. The airplane crashed 9 February 1982 on approach to Haneda Airport in Tokyo Bay. Flight 350 was Japan Airlines' first crash of the 1980s.
The crew consisted of 35-year old Captain Seiji Katagiri (片桐 清二 Katagiri Seiji), 33-year old First Officer Yoshifumi Ishikawa, and 48-year old flight engineer Yoshimi Ozaki. The cause of the crash was traced to Katagiri's deliberate engaging of the number 2 and 3 engine's thrust-reversers in flight. The First Officer and Flight Engineer worked to restrain him and regain control. Despite their best efforts, the DC-8's descent could not be completely checked, and it touched down in shallow water 300 meters (980 ft) short of the runway.
Among the 166 passengers and 8 crew, 24 died, all passengers. Following the accident, Katagiri, one of the first people to take a rescue boat, reportedly told rescuers that he was an office worker, to avoid being identified as the captain. Katagiri was later found to be suffering from a mental illness prior to the incident, which resulted in a decision that he was not guilty by reason of insanity.
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