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Tokyo, Japan - On April 13, A Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 737-800 plane parked at the airport was turned around 90 degrees by strong winds and hit its left-wing to the passenger boarding gate.

The incident took place at about 4:30 p.m. at the Tokyo-Narita international airport, located in the city of Narita in Chiba Prefecture neighboring Tokyo. A light cover on the wing that measures around 7 centimeters high by 25 centimeters wide was smashed, and marks could be seen from where the wing met the bridge used to get people onto the plane.

No crew or passengers were on board, and nobody was injured. According to Narita International Airport management and JAL, the plane registered JA310J has been stationed at the airport since April 5. It weighs around 50 metric tons and was positioned with its nose pointing toward the terminal. Its front and back wheels were secured with a total of six wooden wheel chocks. It appears that the aircraft may have rolled past them, or they were dislodged by strong winds. The chocks were replaced with metal ones.

In the city of Narita, a maximum instantaneous wind speed of 25.7 meters per second was observed at just past 6 p.m. on the same day. Due to the tumultuous conditions, many flights to Narita Airport were unable to land there, and by 9 p.m. on April 13 some 20 flights had been rerouted to locations including Tokyo's Haneda Airport, western Japan's Kansai International Airport, the Chubu Centrair International Airport, and the northeastern Sendai International Airport.

JAL released a statement on the incident, saying, "We will thoroughly investigate the causes, and wish to boost our safety measures in the future."
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