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Buddhist Service Held for JAL Crash Victims

September 30, 1985

TOKYO (AP) _ About 300 people, including the vice president of Japan Air Lines, attended a Buddhist service Sunday to mark the end of the traditional mourning period for 520 people killed in the crash of a JAL jumbo jet.

The service was held at the Kotokuji temple in Fujioka city, near where the Boeing 747 slammed into a mountaintop about 70 miles northwest of Tokyo.

Four people survived the Aug. 12 crash, history’s worst single-plane disaster.

Hundreds of the bereaved families also held individual Buddhist services for the dead Saturday and Sunday, JAL spokesman Takuji Ueda said.

Ueda quoted JAL Vice President Naoshi Machida as saying the airline would enforce safety measures to prevent such an accident from occurring again.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.