100 metres from disaster: JAL mid-air incident 20 years on

Exactly 20 years ago today, a Boeing 747 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10 narrowly avoided colliding with each other in the skies above Japan. Key.Aero recounts how it happened and what the industry learnt from this close call

On January 31, 2001, two Japan Airlines aircraft carrying a total of 677 people narrowly avoiding a mid-air collision after coming within just over 100 metres of each other. 

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