Accident Boeing 747-246F (SCD) JA8151, Monday 19 December 1983
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Date:Monday 19 December 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 747-246F (SCD)
Owner/operator:Japan Air Lines - JAL
Registration: JA8151
MSN: 22477/494
Year of manufacture:1980
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7Q
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Tokyo-Narita Airport (NRT/RJAA)
Destination airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
At 23:59 the local controller at Anchorage Airport, Alaska, cleared the flight to land on runway 6R. At 00:01 the ground controller cleared a state-operated pick-up truck onto runway 6R for a tapley run. The ground controller stated that he requested clearance from the local controller to allow the truck on the runway. He was not aware that the Boeing 747 had been cleared to land. The local controller was busy with other communications and was not sure if he acknowledged the request from ground control; however, the ground controller believed the local controller said 'okay.' The aircraft struck the truck about 2,000 ft beyond the approach end of the runway while the aircraft's main landing gear was on the ground but the nose had not yet been lowered from the landing attitude. The flight crew stated that they did not see the truck prior to the collision. At 00:13 the Runway Visual Range (RVR) was 600 ft variable 800 ft.

control tower service..inadequate..atc personnel(lcl/gnd/clnc)

light condition..dark night
weather condition..low ceiling
weather condition..fog
weather condition..obscuration

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ANC84FA026
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




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