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May 24, 2018

Damage of Aircrafts Classified as Aircraft Accident

On May 17, 2018, the damage of aircrafts during in flight operated by Nippon Cargo Airlines were classified as Aircraft Accident by Japan Civil Aviation Bureau. The followings are outlines of these cases.

1. Date of Occurrence / Place
(1) January 22, 2017 / Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
(2) March 27, 2018 / Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

2. Aircraft / Flight No.
(1) JA11KZ / KZ192/22JAN ORD-FRA
(2) JA13KZ / KZ109/27MAR LAX-SFO

3. Crew and Passenger
(1) 2 Crews and No Passenger (No Injured person)
(2) 3 Crews and No Passenger (No Injured person)

4. Damage of Aircrafts
(1) Dent on the forward of the aircraft (size: approx. L25cm x W23cm x D0.635cm) *Pic. 1
(2) Dent on the forward of the aircraft (size: approx. L12cm x W5cm x D0.025cm) *Pic. 2

5. Outlines
(1) On January 22, 2017, JA11KZ encountered bird-strike during takeoff at ORD and NCA maintenance certified staff at ORD found the damage to the aircraft after air turn back to ORD. After detailed inspection, NCA confirmed that the permanent repair could be carried forward until next heavy maintenance in accordance with the aircraft manufacture's concurrence.
The damage was permanently repaired during heavy maintenance in April 2017. Despite the repair category of this dent damage (size: approx. L10cm x W15cm) was “Major Repair”, NCA categorized it as “Minor Repair” by mistake.
On May 17, 2018, NCA found the fact and reported to the Authority in accordance with Civil Aeronautics Law of Japan.

(2) JA13KZ departed from LAX on March 27, 2018 and arrived at SFO on March 28, 2018.
After arrival at SFO, the damage was found by NCA maintenance certified staff during the pre-departure maintenance. After detailed inspection, NCA confirmed that the permanent repair could be carried forward until next heavy maintenance in accordance with the aircraft manufacture's concurrence.
The damage was permanently repaired during heavy maintenance in May 2018. Due to the repair method of this dent damage (Stringer Repair) was “Major Repair”, NCA reported it to the Authority in accordance with Civil Aeronautics Law of Japan on May 17, 2018.

We deeply regret and apologize for causing such concern to the public and remain committed to improved implementation of safe operating procedures as the company takes corrective actions necessary to prevent such accidents from occurring again.

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