Concorde – Too Perfect?

I have been doing a number of posts recently about my favourite shinkansen and designs that defined modern Japan, and these, together with a podcast that I was interviewed on and which will soon be released, have inspired me to do a different, but connected, post. In this post I want to discuss Concorde. I…

Car Crash Memorials and Self-Driving Cars

One of the English language sites, Japan Today, that I use for keeping on top of the news in Japan (and what others who don’t speak Japanese might be seeing about Japan) had a story today (16 September 2021) talking about a memorial for a road traffic accident and touching upon the issue of self-driving…

Remembering 9/11

Today (11 September 2021) is the twentieth anniversary of the ‘9/11’ attacks. As with another recent post (All Accidents are Human Error), I have been inspired to write this post thanks to listening to the Take To The Sky Podcast. They have done a couple of podcasts recently in relation to 9/11 (on top of…

All Accidents are Human Error

Over recent weeks I have been listening to a number of episodes by Take To The Sky Podcast and watching some episodes of Aircrash Investigation (as it’s known on Disney+ in the UK). Naturally, one of the things that both look to discuss is the probable cause of the crash, and often this can end…

Yumenoshima – Island of Dreams?

In a recent class at Cardiff University, I mentioned Yumenoshima (夢の島) in Tokyo. I visited the area in July 2019 when I was spending a week in Tokyo teaching a special short course at the nearby Ariake campus of Musashino University. There were a combinations of reasons why I visited the island. First, having come…

Remembering the Hillsborough Disaster

Today, 15 April, is the anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. For those unfamiliar with what happened, here are the key points taken from Wikipedia: The Hillsborough disaster was a fatal human crush during a football match at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, on 15 April 1989. It occurred during an FA Cup semi-final…

Remembering the MS Herald of Free Enterprise Accident

Today, 6 March, is the anniversary of the capsizing of the MS Herald of Free Enterprise. Although this accident has never been a part of my research, it is one that I feel a particular connection to having been on the ship many times. For those unfamiliar with the accident, the key points (taken from…

Remembering Flight AA587

Today (12 November 2020) is the 19th anniversary of the flight AA587 accident. For those unfamiliar with the accident, the key points (taken from Wikipedia) are that AA587 was a scheduled international passenger flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. The Airbus A300B4-605R flying the route crashed into the…

Remembering the Ladbroke Grove Rail Crash

5 October is the anniversary of the Ladbroke Grove Rail Crash in London. For those unfamiliar with the accident, the key points (taken from Wikipedia), the crash (also known as the Paddington rail crash) led to the deaths of 31 people and 417 were injured. It remains one of the worst rail accidents in 20th…

The Hidagawa Bus Crash Memorial

As part of my research for the article on modifications are made to public transportation accidents, I have visited a number of memorials around Japan. To fit with the parameters of that study, I wanted to include a memorial to a bus crash. I have written other posts about the Kan’Etsu Bus Crash Memorial and the Karuizawa…

The ANA Flight NH58 Memorial

As I continued to look at cases of memorialisation for public transportation crashes in Japan, after having studied the JL123 crash for many years, I also visited the ANA flight NH58 crash (also known as the Shizukuishi crash) (全日空機雫石衝突事故) memorial. Having read about the crash in books, I learnt more about the crash when visiting…

Remembering the Concorde Flight AF4590 Crash

Today (25 July 2020) is the 20th anniversary of the flight AF4590 Concorde accident. For those unfamiliar with the accident, the key points (taken from Wikipedia) are that the plane was an international charter flight, from Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris to John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, flown by an Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde. On the afternoon of…