Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Establishes ‘Haneda Airport Aircraft Collision Countermeasures Committee’

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism & Japan Tourism Agency

In response to the aircraft collision incident at Haneda Airport, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has established a committee comprising experts and relevant organizations, named the ‘Haneda Airport Aircraft Collision Countermeasures Committee’.

The committee will discuss further safety and security measures to prevent collisions of aircraft and other vehicles on the runways, with the first meeting scheduled for January 19th. The committee aims to produce an interim report by summer. Key topics for discussion include enhancing attention-alert systems for pilots and air traffic controllers, and the need to review communication protocols.

The chairperson appointed is Professor Akitomo Komatsubara (Waseda University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Creative Science and Engineering, Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering). Experts include Mr. Yoshiro Aoki (Senior Researcher at the National Traffic Safety and Environment Laboratory), Ms. Eri Ito (Professor at the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology), Mr. Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Aviation Commentator), Mr. Masanori Suzuki (Executive Director of Operations at Aviation Safety Research Center), Mr. Noboru Takeichi (Professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University Graduate School of System Design), Mr. Terumasa Hirata (Professor at Ibaraki University Graduate School of Science and Engineering), Ms. Sachiko Fukushima (Head of the Air Traffic Management Department at Electronic Navigation Research Institute), and Ms. Akiko Matsuo (Professor at Keio University Faculty of Science and Technology). The related organizations include the Scheduled Airlines Association of Japan and the Japan Airline Pilots Association.

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