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Date:Friday 4 February 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-81
Operator:All Nippon Airways - ANA
Registration: JA8302
MSN: 18822/126
First flight: 1965-03-11 (11 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 126 / Occupants: 126
Total:Fatalities: 133 / Occupants: 133
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:12 km (7.5 mls) ESE off Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND) [Tokyo Bay] (   Japan)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Sapporo-Chitose Airport (CTS/RJCC), Japan
Destination airport:Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND/RJTT), Japan
Flightnumber: 60
The Boeing 727-81 departed Sapporo-Chitose Airport, Japan about 18:00 hours local time on a domestic flight to Tokyo-Haneda Airport.
While approaching the airport, the crew cancelled IFR and radioed their intention to continue VFR. At 18:59 hours the flight was instructed to report when entering the right base leg for an approach to runway 33R. Wind was reported being 020 degrees at 10 knots. The flight reported on a long base at 19:00 hours. This was the last radio contact with the flight.
The aircraft impacted the water, 12 km east-southeast of the airport, disintegrated and sank.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Not determined.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

» Aviation Disasters / D. Gero (67-68)

Follow-up / safety actions
In the wake of this accident, all passenger aircraft operating in Japan, were required to install a cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder.


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Distance from Sapporo-Chitose Airport to Tokyo-Haneda Airport as the crow flies is 814 km (509 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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