Airplane crash

23 Mar

At 6:48AM JST this morning (Monday, March 23, 2009), a Federal Express (FedEx) cargo plane arriving at 成田空港 (Narita (Tokyo Int’l) Airport) from Guangzhou, China crashed and burst into flames.

Image from TV of the plane crash in Japan's Narita Airport.

Image from TV of the plane crash in Japan's Narita Airport.

This was a cargo plane, so there were no passengers on this airplane…only the American pilot and co-pilot were onboard. They both died.

Just like yesterday, it is very windy in the Tokyo area today. At the time of the crash, the wind was blowing up to 72Km / hour (about 45 miles / hour).
The wind is being blamed for causing the airplane to bounce on the runway and burst into flames.

Here is a YouTube video of the news report showing the tragedy:

15 Responses to “Airplane crash”

  1. Dismalmoria April 5, 2009 at 6:04 am #

    Great site this and I am really pleased to see you have what I am actually looking for here and this this post is exactly what I am interested in. I shall be pleased to become a regular visitor 🙂


    • tokyo5 April 5, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

      Yes, please visit (and comment) often!


  2. blauereiter March 25, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

    Hmm…I’m going back to Singapore for a short holiday next month…I hope the “wind shears” as they called it will be long gone by then !


    • tokyo5 March 25, 2009 at 11:29 pm #

      The wind calmed down a couple days ago (as I’m sure you’ve noticed)…it was only windy for two days.

      Undoubtedly your flight will be fine.


  3. Dad March 24, 2009 at 7:27 am #

    I heard about the private jet with 17 people also, and this morning on the radio they were saying they got a report from a supposed eye witness that they saw a small plane crash into a wooded area, I don’t remember where, but the authorities could find no evidence of a crash- apparently a hoax. Some people have a stange sense of humor.


    • tokyo5 March 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm #

      Hey…it’s been awhile since your last comment!
      Please visit my blog (and comment) more often!

      And yeah, that’s not funny. I’m sure if they catch whomever made that hoax report…he’ll be prosecuted!


  4. bartman905 March 23, 2009 at 11:25 pm #

    It certainly has been quite windy in Tokyo these past few days (is this a sign of spring?).

    I also read than some of the Tokyo subway trains were delayed today due to the high winds – I didn’t hear any accidents thankfully.


    • tokyo5 March 24, 2009 at 2:27 am #

      Actually it was windy for two days…Sunday and Monday. Hopefully it’ll be calm and warmer now like it was on Saturday.

      No, it’s not a normal sign of Spring.

      And I heard that some trains had delays…my train ran normally though.


  5. tokyo5 March 23, 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    “Eric”, “Anonymous”, and “bk201″…

    Yes, sorry…the video I had on this post was from two different news reports (with the first one repeating at the end).
    That’s why it showed the crash so many times in three minutes.

    At the time I wrote this post it was the only video I found on YouTube.
    There are many more now, so I replaced the video with a different one.


    • Eric March 24, 2009 at 12:01 am #

      I blame the way Japanese new shows present their stories, nothing to with your post. They like to repeat stuff a lot and are generally sensationalist by nature.


      • tokyo5 March 24, 2009 at 2:30 am #

        I don’t think Japanese news outlets are any more sensationalist than in other countries.
        And I think also that most countries’ TV news networks run footage on a loop while they’re discussing it.


  6. bk201 March 23, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    Yes, I think I”ve seen more air crashes in 3minutes than what I’ve seen in my life. Can’t they show anything else?


  7. Anonymous March 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    I think you have seen from 2 news report. Moreover the begining file and ending are the same.


  8. Eric March 23, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    I think the news report showed it too many times. It’s a little disrespectful. Maybe it’s just me…


  9. tokyo5 March 23, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    I just read that only a number of hour before this plane crash near Tokyo, there was a plane crash in America.

    On the plane in America, all 17 people onboard died…and many of them were children.


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