Japan Airlines is taking part in the investigation to determine who is responsible for the deadly crash, Tadayuki Tsutsumi, the airlines’ senior vice president of corporate safety and security, said in a news conference Tuesday evening.
While the investigation is ongoing, preliminary reports are the pilots of the Japan Airlines flight did not spot any aircraft on the runway before landing, he said. The Japan Airlines flight was confirmed to have “entered the runway as normal and began landing as normal and that there was an impact, which led to the accident, but we are still investigating further details,” he said.
Senior Vice President of Japan Airlines Noriyuki Aoki reiterated that its unclear at this point in the investigation if the Japan Airlines flight was cleared to land or if they communicated with air traffic control, he said the news conference Tuesday evening.
“However, I can’t say at this time if they [Japan Airlines aircraft] were cleared to land, or if they communicated with ATC, because that is a fundamental factor in the cause of the accident, and we are still trying to confirm that,” Aoki said.