A Japanese airline organized an emergency flight to help sumo wrestlers get to the competition due to the plane being overloaded

A Japanese airline organized an emergency flight to help sumo wrestlers get to the competition due to the plane being overloaded

The problem was weight restrictions and the carrier’s concerns about this

The Japanese airline Japan Airlines urgently introduced an additional flight for delivery sumo wrestlers to compete due to “weight restrictions.”

Several athletes needed to travel from Tokyo and Osaka to the sumo competition on Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, which began on Friday, October 13th. The wrestlers had reservations on two standard flights.

The carrier had concerns that the aircraft (Boeing 737-800 with a capacity of 165 passengers each) could experience excessive fuel consumption due to weight restrictions – each sumo wrestler weighed at least 120 kilograms.

To play it safe and still allow the wrestlers to get to the event on time, Japan Airlines scheduled an additional flight from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. 27 passengers took this flight. All sumo wrestlers made it to the tournament on time.

It is reported that a total of about 460 sumo wrestlers attended the aforementioned competition on Amami Island.

Source: Sportarena

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