Narrative: The Boeing 727-81 departed Sapporo-Chitose Airport, Japan about 18:00 hours local time on a domestic flight to Tokyo-Haneda Airport. While approaching the airport, the crew cancelled IFR and radioed their intention to continue VFR. At 18:59 hours the flight was instructed to report when entering the right base leg for an approach to runway 33R. Wind was reported being 020 degrees at 10 knots. The flight reported on a long base at 19:00 hours. This was the last radio contact with the flight. The aircraft impacted the water, 12 km east-southeast of the airport, disintegrated and sank.
In the wake of this accident, all passenger aircraft operating in Japan, were required to install a cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path. Distance from Sapporo-Chitose Airport to Tokyo-Haneda Airport as the crow flies is 814 km (509 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.