JA8023 ‘Kaede’ was the first loss when she was written off at Nagasaki on a training flight. Whilst undertaking a low pass of the airfield she struck a seawall and slid along the runway to a halt after which she caught fire. None of the six crew members onboard was killed so I'm sure they saw the funny side afterwards - not! A Swissair 880 was leased as a replacement but was also lost after only 3 months when it crashed on take-off from Tokyo. A third aircraft was lost in 1969 and the remainder of the fleet continued in service only until 1970/71.
Incidentally why Golden Arrow? As you may know that was the original name for the 880 with a vague idea pushed by Howard Hughes to actually make the airframe skin golden!
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