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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 (Former Imperial Japanese Navy Lt Cdr). 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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