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Japan Airlines Flight 123: The crash that made outcasts of my children - On Monday, August 12, 1985, the Boeing 747-146SR that made this route, registered JA8119, suffered mechanical failures 12 minutes into the flight and 32 minutes later crashed into two ridges of Mount Takamagahara in Ueno, Gunma Prefecture, 100 kilometers (62 mi) from Tokyo.

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Gunma, Japan Children release lanterns in the river to offer prayers for the victims of Japan Airlines flight 123 on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the accident. Hundreds of people are expected to attend ceremonies commemorating the plane crash, which killed 520 people on board – the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in history Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images