Saturday, March 26, 2016

Mooney M20C, JA3788: Fatal accident occurred March 26, 2016 at Yao Airport, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

OSAKA – The Osaka Prefectural Police and the transport ministry are investigating Saturday’s fatal plane crash at Yao Airport as a case of professional negligence resulting in death.

According to the ministry and the airport, a four-seater Mooney M20C bound for Yao left Kobe Airport at 4:03 p.m. but crashed while attempting to land at about 4:20 p.m., killing all four occupants.

The plane went down in a grassy area near 1,490-meter-long Runway A, one of two runways at the airport, and burst into flames after the pilot told the air traffic controller he was aborting the first landing attempt.

It apparently encountered trouble climbing to make the second landing attempt, officials said.

The police are investigating the cause of the accident and attempting to identify the victims, who they believe were all men.

The ministry said the pilot was Yasushi Nishimoto.

The cockpit of the 7-meter-long, 10.7-meter-wide plane was destroyed in the crash and the fire extinguished at around 4:40 p.m., police and firefighters said.

Visibility was good at the time, and the wind speed at 4 p.m. was 5.4 kph.

The Japan Transport Safety Board said it will send two investigators to the airport.

The plane received its last airworthiness certificate in May 2015 after clearing the government’s mandatory annual safety check. It was registered in 1997.

Yao Airport is in a residential district about 15 km southeast of Osaka Station. It is used mainly as a base for aerial surveys, pilot training and sightseeing rather than regular flight services.

The U.S. military returned the airport to Japanese control in 1954, and it began mainstream service in 1960.

Television footage showed that the plane incurred heavy damage from the crash, which nearly tore off the tail and broke its wing tips.

Original article can be found here:

OSAKA – All four people aboard a light aircraft died Saturday when it crashed while attempting to land at an airport in Osaka Prefecture, local firefighters said.

According to preliminary information provided by the transport ministry, the plane crashed on a taxiway at Yao Airport at around 4:20 p.m. after aborting its initial landing attempt.

The plane apparently had trouble while it was trying to climb to make a second run.

Television footage showed a severely damaged fuselage with broken wing tips.

The crashed plane was sprayed with fire-retardant foam and later covered with a blue tarp by firefighters and police.

The Mooney M20C single-engine aircraft began its journey from Kobe Airport in Hyogo Prefecture.

A 34-year-old woman living near the airport said she did not hear the crash but was surprised when fire trucks and police cars started rushing to the scene of the incident.

Original article can be found here:

OSAKA, March 26, Kyodo

All four people aboard a light aircraft died Saturday when it crashed on landing at an airport in Osaka Prefecture, local firefighters said.

The fire department of the western Japan city of Yao said it received an emergency call at around 4 p.m. from Yao airport saying a small aircraft had crashed.

The single-engine aircraft had flown from Kobe airport in Hyogo Prefecture and crashed on a taxiway at Yao airport while trying to land.

Original article can be found here:

TOKYO: A small plane with four people on board crashed to the ground at a western Japan airport on Saturday, leaving all four dead, an official and local media said.

Television footage showed the front and back of the fuselage as severely damaged, with the wing tips broken, and the crashed aircraft near a runway at Yao airport in Osaka.

A local fire department official said that four people on board were found dead following the accident without involving anyone on the ground.

Jiji Press and public broadcaster NHK said the Mooney M20C took off from Kobe airport and tried to land at Yao airport.

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