JL166, a Boeing 737-846, was following aircraft JL516 on approach to runway 34R at Tokyo Haneda Airport. However, JL166 had to divert to Tokyo Narita Airport after commencing a go-around at 1,150 feet. The weather conditions at the time of the accident were reported as unremarkable, with over 10 kilometers of visibility and a 9,000 feet cloud ceiling during the hours of darkness. The METAR at the time of JL516’s approach to HND reported variable winds at 3 knots, visibility of 10 kilometers, a few clouds at 2,000 feet, scattered clouds at 9,000 feet, and a temperature of 8 degrees Celsius.
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“The skies were chaotic, with JL166’s Boeing 737-846 from Akita to Haneda making a startling go-around at 1,150 feet before fleeing to Tokyo Narita Airport. Meanwhile, in Tokyo, the weather was tame, with over 10 kilometers of visibility and a comfortable 9,000 feet cloud ceiling. But darkness brought disaster for JL516 on approach to HND. Here’s the METAR report from that fateful time:”
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