Nakasone and JL123 – Contribution to new book about JAL123

A new book about the JL123 crash, which I have been researching since 2007, was published today in Japan. The book is by Tohko Aoyama, who has written several books about the crash. I also have a contribution in this book, commenting in particular on the role of Prime Minister Nakasone. The book promises to…

Remembering Flight TWA800

Today (17 July 2020) is the 24th anniversary of the flight TWA800 accident. For those unfamiliar with the accident, the key points (taken from Wikipedia) are that the plane was a Boeing 747-100 and it exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near East Moriches, New York on July 17, 1996 at about 8:31 p.m. EDT, 12 minutes after takeoff from John…

Shigaraki Kōgen Train Crash Memorial

As part of my research on memorialisation, I have visited a number of memorials around Japan. One of these is for the Shigaraki Kōgen Train Crash (信楽高原鐵道衝突事故) (also known as the Shigaraki Train Disaster). A summary of what happened can be found on Wikipedia. The key points that it was a railway accident that occurred…

Jōban Line derailment and collision Memorial

As part of my research on memorialisation, I have visited a number of memorials around Japan. After the JL123 memorials, the first that I visited was the Jōban Line derailment and collision (also known as the Mikawashima accident (三河島事故)) memorial. A summary of what happened can be found on Wikipedia. The key points that it…

Kan’Etsu 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. Not all of these became a part of that study due to specific parameters of the study (detailed in the article). One of those not included is the memorial for…

The China Airlines Flight CI140 Memorial

After the JL123 crash, which has been the main focus of my research on memorialisation for about 13 years, and the Fukuchiyama Line derailment, the public transportation accident that I next have most of a memory of and link to is the China Airlines Flight CI140 (中華航空140便墜落事故). The crash happened at Nagoya Airport and I was…

The Fukuchiyama Line Derailment Memorial

After the JL123 crash, which has been the main focus of my research on memorialisation for about 13 years, the one that I have the next greatest association with is the one for the Fukuchiyama Line derailment (also known as the Amagasaki derailment) (JR福知山線脱線事故). I have been to the site twice – in January 2009…

Karuizawa Ski 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. Not all of these became a part of that study due to specific parameters of the study (detailed in the article). One of those not included is the memorial for…

Hachikō Line Train Collision 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. Not all of these became a part of that study due to specific parameters of the study (detailed in the article). One of those not included is the memorial for…

Hachikō Line derailment 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. Not all of these became a part of that study due to specific parameters of the study (detailed in the article). One of those not included is the memorial for…

The Naka-Meguro Train 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. Not all of these became a part of that study due to specific parameters of the study (detailed in the article). One of those not included is the memorial for…

The Tenerife Airport Disaster Memorial

Today (27 March) is the anniversary of the world’s worst plane disaster (not due to terrorism), the Tenerife Airport Disaster. For those unfamiliar with the accident, the key points (taken from Wikipedia) are that two Boeing 747 passenger jets, operating KLM Flight 4805 and Pan Am Flight 1736, collided on the runway at Los Rodeos Airport (now Tenerife North Airport) on the Spanish…