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Court clears JAL pilot over fatal '97 turbulence accident
Last updated: 26 October 2014

published: 30 JUL 2004
by Harro Ranter, ASN

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A Japan Air Lines pilot accused of negligence resulting in death and injuries after he failed to control his plane during heavy turbulence was acquitted by a court. A report made by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Commission suspected the 1997 accident was caused by the actions of the captain. Based on the report, prosecutors concluded that the captain pulled the control stick to reduce speed although rules ban such actions. They added he probably knew of the risk. But the Presiding Judge said that the captain couldn't have foreseen the possibility of an accident, although his ruling found that the captain's operation of the plane was a factor in the accident. (Mainichi Daily News)