It has been 40 years since the accident in which a passenger plane of Japan Airlines crashed off the coast of Haneda, Tokyo in 1982, killing 24 passengers.

A memorial ceremony was held near the site, and employees renewed their pledge to safe operation.

A memorial service was held near the crash site in Ota Ward, Tokyo on the morning of the 9th, 40 years after the accident.

After the employees of Japan Airlines silently prayed for one minute, President Yuji Akasaka said, "I want to create" safety that can be said to be perfect "that will never cause an accident again," and renewed the pledge for safe operation. did.

Then, one person was handing flowers to the memorial monument.

The accident was well-known, and the Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission concluded that the cause of the crash was the abnormal maneuvering of the captain, who had a mental disorder, to reverse-inject the engine during flight.

According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, all pilots, including those for private use, are required to be examined by a specialist at regular intervals, and last year four people were finally judged to be non-conforming for mental reasons. about it.

After the ceremony, President Akasaka said, "The physical and mental conditions of the crew are directly related to safety, and I want to prevent them before they happen."

Efforts to prevent mental problems of pilots

It has been pointed out that while pilots take the lives of many passengers and are forced into a state of high tension, they are afraid that they will not be able to fly, so it is difficult to reveal mental problems to companies and the like, and it is easy to accumulate stress.

Even after the accident of Japan Airlines, accidents due to abnormal maneuvers have occurred frequently overseas, and in 2015, the co-pilot of a German airline intentionally crashed a passenger plane in an attempt to commit suicide, and 150 passengers and crew members. All are dead.

Since this accident, airlines in each country have been introducing a mechanism to easily talk to colleagues about problems in work and daily life in order to prevent pilots' mental problems, and Japan Airlines also introduced a mechanism last October. We have set up a space for this.

Here, in order to make it easy for everyone to visit, the pilot who has been trained by a clinical psychologist listens to the concerns and bridges to specialists if necessary, without telling the consultant or the content of the consultation to the company side. ..

On this day, a pilot who had just been promoted to the captain visited and confided about the difficulty of maintaining maneuvering skills and the pressure to protect the safety of passengers as a captain while the opportunity for crew was reduced due to the influence of the new corona. ..

The captain who consulted said, "The pilot's job is special, and it is difficult for his family and friends to understand his worries, so I was able to relieve my stress."

Captain Naoyuki Oda, the project leader of this space, said, "Mental stability is indispensable in order to make full use of maneuvering skills and knowledge, so we would like to provide a place where we can easily talk about our concerns and lead to safe operation." Was there.