Final Report on ANA Flight 956 (June 20, 2012) from the MLIT Japan Transport Safety Board

On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, ANA Flight 956 (Beijing–Narita) suffered fuselage damage due to strong impact upon touchdown at Narita Airport.

With the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau, part of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), officially classifying this as an “aircraft accident”, the Japan Transport Safety Board led the investigations and today released its final report (July 28, 2016).

The report concluded that ANA Flight 956 bounced upon touchdown due to sudden, strong wind turbulence directly prior to its arrival. The captain’s subsequent operations to lower the nose of the plane are considered to have resulted in a hard landing on the nose gear, thus causing damage to the fuselage.

We would like to take this opportunity to once again apologize for the considerable anxiety and inconvenience caused to passengers on board and to all other parties concerned.

We will pass the details of this accident onto all members of our flight crew, and we plan to carry out pertinent training to prevent this kind of incident from occurring in the future. Although the report did not issue any special recommendations or instructions to ANA, we will nonetheless endeavor to steadily implement the aforementioned preventative measures to maintain the safety of our flight operations.

July 28, 2016
All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd