Airplane Crash - Compton, California 08/14/1968

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Compton, California


Date08/14/1968
Time09:35
LocationCompton, California
OperatorLos Angeles Airways
Flight #417
TypeSikorsky S-61L helicopter
RegistrationN300Y
Aboard21
Fatalities21
Ground0
SummaryThe main rotor blade of the helicopter separated from the central hub. The aircraft spun to destruction as the tail cone sheared off. Metallurgical fault during manufacture of the main rotor blade spindle. Fatigue origin in area of substandard hardness and inadequate shot peening on main rotor blade spindle.

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