A ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour took a disastrous turn this afternoon, when an aeroplane from Japan containing dignitaries due to attend the event crash landed into the docks.
A group of veteran servicemen were on the island for the commemoration and observed the tragic accident. Many of them suffered flashbacks as they saw the plane diving towards the sea.
It is thought that the aircraft ran out of fuel after its long journey, as it had only been given enough fuel to travel one-way. The Japanese had arranged to have the plane refuelled before it was due to fly home on Sunday.
The Japanese had brought with them a traditional ceremonial tree as a peace offering, which may have fallen on the plane's pilot as it plummeted downwards. He could be heard to scream "BONSAI!" just before the crash.
This accident is now the third biggest tragedy to happen to Pearl Harbour - after the original attacks, and the Ben Affleck film made about it.