Today, on March 5, 1966 (Japan):
A tragic event unfolded for passengers flying from Haneda International Airport in Tokyo to Kai Tak International Airport in Hong Kong, on British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) Flight 911 (Boeing 707-436). All 113 passengers and 11 crew members perished in the crash.
Shortly after takeoff as it soared over the peak of Mount Fuji (a 12,388-foot peak), the vertical stabilizer failed and broke, which eventually caused all four engines to fail—causing the airline to spiral out of control crashing into the ground. This was the third in a month-long succession of fatal airlines, preceded by All Nippon Airways Flight 60 (Boeing 727-81) and Canadian Pacific Air Lines Flight 402 (McDonnell Douglas DC-8-43). At the conclusion of this accident, Boeing conducted an investigation on its 707 and 720 airframes and discovered there was a problem with its vertical stabilizer and corrected this problem to ensure the rest of its airframes were safe.
Due to the fierce winds associated in and around Mount Fuji and possibly influenced by this accident, many airliners and civil aviators chose not to fly close to Mount Fuji. During my time in Tokyo, what I thought was a “cool cloud cover of Mount Fuji”, my friend he flew warned was very dangerous in a Cessna and wouldn’t fly near it.
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Interesting fact… Scouters for the next Bond movie “You Only Live Twice” canceled their tickets to see Ninja demonstrations and thus were not on this flight. Had they boarded, the movie may have turned out vastly differently. Read more @ http://slate.me/1ibxQxM