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Accident description
Last updated: 18 November 2017
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Date:Thursday 26 August 1982
Time:13:49
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2Q3
Operator:Southwest Air Lines
Registration: JA8444
C/n / msn: 21477/545
First flight: 1978-12-01 (3 years 9 months)
Total airframe hrs:5056
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 133
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 138
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Ishigaki Airport (ISG) (   Japan)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Okinawa-Naha Airport (OKA/ROAH), Japan
Destination airport:Ishigaki Airport (ISG/ROIG), Japan
Flightnumber: 611
Narrative:
Southwest Airlines Flight 611 departed Naha runway 36 at 13:09 for a regular flight to Ishigaki-Shima. The aircraft climbed to the cruising altitude of FL240. At 13:33 the crew were cleared to descend to 8000 feet and after that to 3000 feet. Approaching 3000 feet, the crew were given weather information for Ishigaki: wind 300deg/12 kts; temperature 32deg C; active runway: RWY22.
The 737 made a crosswind landing, with the speed at touchdown 6 knots above Vref. The aircraft bounced and landed back. When the spoilers and reversers didn't seem to operate, the crew shut down both engines, thus making it impossible to use the anti-skid system. The inner tyres on both main gear legs burst almost simultaneously at 125 m short of the runway end. The aircraft skidded to the left, overran the runway and came to rest 145 m further on. At 14:01, after everyone on board had been evacuated, the aircraft caught fire.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIC Japan
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 3 months
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» Aircraft Accident in Japan by SAKUMA Mitsuo


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Distance from Okinawa-Naha Airport to Ishigaki Airport as the crow flies is 402 km (251 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.
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