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The crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123 on August 12, 1985 was initially reported on Mount Osutaka, but later confirmed to be on the ridge of Mount Takamagahara at a height of approximately 1,565 metres (5,135 ft) above sea level. Claiming the lives of 520 people, it is the deadliest single-aircraft plane accident in world history.
This area was later renamed as Osutaka no One ("Mountain Ridge of Mount Osutaka") by the village mayor of Ueno, Takeo Kurosawa. There is a shrine on the summit of the ridge to commemorate the lives lost in the crash of JAL123. The mountain road to the shrine was constructed as part of a compensation package from JAL.
- Airline disaster details, britannica.com; accessed 16 August 2015.
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