Tokyo District Court ordered two companies on Thursday to pay some ¥75 million in compensation to the mother of a woman killed in an aircraft crash in Tokyo’s Chofu in July 2015.
Three people, including the 34-year-old woman who lived in a home near Chofu Airport, were killed in the crash.
The woman’s mother, 64, had demanded about ¥95 million in damages from the aircraft operator, Nippon Aerotech Co., SIP Aviation, a company led by the pilot of the crashed aircraft, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Presiding Judge Makiko Kamoto said that the crash was partly caused by the small aircraft taking off from the airport despite it exceeding the maximum takeoff weight.
Kamoto found that Nippon Aerotec did not have a flight manager and failed to tell the pilot of the excessive weight. The judge also found SIP Aviation responsible for the crash.
The judge rejected the plaintiff’s claim that the metropolitan government is also responsible because it has the authority to limit the use of the airport.
The metropolitan government did not proactively authorize the use of the airport by the aircraft, the judge said.
“I can’t accept the ruling on the metropolitan government,” the plaintiff said.