The Crash of JAL Flight 123 on August 12th, 1985

Today’s podcast goes into the horrific crash that led to the largest loss of life in a single-plane accident in aviation history.  Not only was the crash horrific, but the aftermath of the rescue was so bungled, that it left people to die.

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A few observations.  First off, I’d never heard of Association for the Study of Failure until researching this podcast.  But if you go through their scenario as it comes to this event, the list of causation about the accident is quite long, but the first non-human factor (usage) comes thirteenth on their list, which starts with “Ignorance”.  That’s pretty harsh, but in reality, true.

Finally, here’s the pictures as promised, used from Wikipedia:

Survivor Seating Chart

Amateur photographer’s pictures of the crippled aircraft.

Correct (top) and incorrect (bottom) splicing repair of the after pressurized bulkhead.

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