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Datum:Donnerstag 26 August 1982
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2Q3
Fluggesellschaft:Southwest Air Lines
Kennzeichen: JA8444
Werknummer: 21477/545
Baujahr: 1978-12-01 (3 years 9 months)
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 133
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 138
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Ishigaki Airport (ISG) (   Japan)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Okinawa-Naha Airport (OKA/ROAH), Japan
Flug nach:Ishigaki Airport (ISG/ROIG), Japan
Flugnummer: 611
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:
investigating agency: Aircraft Accidents Investigation Commission (AAIC) - Japan
status: Final
number: Final report
released:22 November 1984
duration of investigation: 2 years and 3 months
download report: Final report

» 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).

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