Japan Airlines Flight 350

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Japan Airlines Flight 350
A Japan Airlines DC-8 similar to the plane that crashed.
Occurrence summary
Date 9 February 1982
Summary Deliberate crash
Site Tokyo, Japan
35°33′13.45″N 139°46′56.02″E / 35.5537361°N 139.7822278°E / 35.5537361; 139.7822278Coordinates: 35°33′13.45″N 139°46′56.02″E / 35.5537361°N 139.7822278°E / 35.5537361; 139.7822278
Passengers 166
Crew 8
Fatalities 24
Survivors 150
Aircraft type McDonnell Douglas DC-8-61[1]
Operator Japan Airlines
Registration JA8061
Flight origin Fukuoka Airport
Destination Haneda 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.[2]

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.[3] 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. 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.[4] 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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  1. ^ Accident Database: Accident Synopsis 02091982
  2. ^ "History of JAL". Japan Airlines. Retrieved 14 December 2006. 
  3. ^ Stokes, Henry Scott. "Cockpit Fight Reported on Jet That Crashed in Tokyo," The New York Times. 14 February 1982. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Troubled Pilot". Time. 1 March 1982. Retrieved 20 April 2007. 

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