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Bird strikes increase after extension of runway at Tokyo-Narita, Japan
6 June 2011

Bird strikes increase after extension of runway at Tokyo-Narita, Japan

6 June 2011

The number of cases of bird strikes near Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, Japan increased significantly since one of the runways was extended in late 2009, according to The Mainichi  Daily News. Bird strikes avereaged 5.8 a year from 1991 to 2002. The airport just operated a single runway during that period. In 2002 a second parallel […]

Japan: Skymark Airlines reprimanded for overruling captain’s safety concerns

10 March 2010

The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism reprimanded Skymark Airlines for replacing a captain who refused to take off over safety concerns, The Mainichi Daily News reported. In a press release, the Ministry reported that the captain of Skymark Airlines flight BC017 asked the company’s headquarters on February 5, 2010 to replace the […]

Appeal court upholds acquittal of JAL pilot over fatal autopilot mishap

9 January 2007

An appeal court upheld a lower court`s acquittal of a former Japan Air Lines pilot over an autopilot mishap that left a cabin attendant dead. In July 2004, the district court found the pilot not guilty after concluding that he was not aware that his release of the autopilot would cause the aircraft to pitch […]

Japanese court clears air controllers in near miss

21 March 2006

Two air traffic controllers were cleared of charges of professional negligence resulting in injury in connection with the 2001 near collision of two Japan Airlines planes over Yaizu, in which 57 passengers and crew were hurt. In handing down the ruling, the presiding Judge said that the errant instructions issued by the two air traffic […]