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Thursday, August 13, 2015

JAL Plane Crash Remembered 30 Years Later

The crash of a disabled Japan Airlines Boeing 747 on August 12, 1985 in Japan is an incident I remember.

The crash was commemorated yesterday by family members of crash victims who hiked up the mountain where the jet crashed.

According to the Mainichi Shimbun:
UENO, Gunma -- As dawn broke on Aug. 12, bereaved family members began the hike up to Osutaka mountain ridge where 520 people were killed in an airplane crash 30 years ago. 
Shortly after 10:30 a.m., the hikers gathered at a cenotaph located 1,539 meters above sea level and rang the "bell of safety" to honor those who died in the Japan Airlines (JAL) crash on Aug. 12, 1985; some also blew bubbles for the children who perished in the accident. According to JAL, 302 people from 75 families had made the hike as of noon, the greatest number of people hiking on the anniversary of the crash in the past five years. In 2011, 240 people from 64 families hiked up the mountain.
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