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A JAL 747 registered as JA8119 which crashed on August 12, 1985 in Japan. (Photo: Kjell Nilsson -, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Anniversary of JAL 123 Crash Renews Requests to Re-Open Investigation

This week marks the 35th anniversary of the deadliest single aircraft accident in aviation history. Japan Airlines flight 123, a B747 flying from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Osaka International Airport, crashed 32 minutes after departure near Mount Osutaka in Japan, killing 520 people. All but four passengers were lost in the accident. Despite the accident occurring 35 years ago, and an investigation conducted by the usual investigatory parties including the U.S.’ National Transportation Safety Board, some of the families of…