Airplane Crash - Off Los Angeles, California 01/13/1969

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Off Los Angeles, California


Date01/13/1969
Time19:21
LocationOff Los Angeles, California
OperatorScandinavian Airlines (SAS)
Flight #933
RouteCopenhagen - Los Angeles - Seattle
TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-8-62
RegistrationLN-MOO
Cn/In45822
Aboard45
Fatalities15
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft was on approach to 07R when it crashed into Santa Monica Bay 6 miles short of the runway. The fuselage broke into 3 pieces one of which floated for 20 hours. SAS did not authorize a back course approach to LAX. A VOR approach was conducted without notifying the controlling authority. The crew was preoccupied with a landing gear light problem. Lack of crew coordination and inadequate monitoring of aircraft position which resulted in an unplanned descent into the water. The aircraft was named 'Sverre Viking.'

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