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  •  Kyu Sakamoto, who had the hit 'Sukiyaki' was (5+ / 0-)

    one of the crash victims on that flight.

    The wikipedia entry on JAL 123 describes the plane as being in a phugoid or porpoising motion due to lack of pitch stabilization because of the tail damage.

    The doomed had a half hour to write final thoughts to their survivors.

    •  Wikipedia is incorrect, and so am I.... (1+ / 0-)
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      Ammo Hauler

      I was just reviewing Macarthur Job's excellent article on the subject. Basically, the complex motion of JAL 123 consisted of a combination of a 90 second/20 degree phugoid cycle in the which the plane would have Dutch rolled no less than 7 or 8 times.

      The time of flight was about 32 minutes from the problem to the crash in which the crew desperately tried to regain control with engine power. They actually managed to damp out the phugoid by lowering the undercarriage and to get the plane turned back toward  Haneda at one point, but there was no way they could sustain level flight long enough to make the 35nm back to the airport. Then, everything turned back to complete crap as they tried to dodge mountains and set off the phugoid again.

      Some pretty heroic stuff there.

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