Thursday, 12 February 2009

Japan Airlines Flight 2

Japan Airlines Flight 2 was a flight that was piloted by Captain Kohei Asoh on November 22, 1968.

The DC-8 plane was scheduled to land at San Francisco International Airport but due to heavy fog and other factors, Asoh mistakenly landed the plane in the waters of San Francisco Bay, two and a half miles short of the runway.

The "Asoh defense"

In his 1988 book The Abilene Paradox, author Jerry Harvey claimed that Asoh, when asked how he had managed to land the aircraft in the bay, replied "Asoh fuck up." Harvey termed this frank acceptance of blame the "Asoh defense".

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