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Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 13 January 1969
Time:19:21
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC86 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62
Operator:Scandinavian Airlines System - SAS
Registration: LN-MOO
C/n / msn: 45822/272
First flight: 1967
Total airframe hrs:6950
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 45
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) W off Los Angeles, CA [Santa Monica Bay] (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA (SEA/KSEA), United States of America
Destination airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
Flightnumber: 933
Narrative:
The DC-8, named "Sverre Viking", descended into the waters of Santa Monica Bay during an ILS approach to runway 07R. The aircraft broke into three pieced after impact; only the section with the wings, forward cabin and cockpit remained afloat for 20 hours. The section sank after being towed into shallow water.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The lack of crew coordination and the inadequate monitoring of the aircraft position in space during a critical phase of an instrument approach which resulted in an unplanned descent into the water. Contributing to this unplanned descent was an apparent unsafe landing gear condition induced by the design of the landing gear indicator lights, and the omission of the minimum crossing altitude at an approach fix depicted on the approach chart."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-70-14
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 1 Safety Recommendation

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Distance from Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA to Los Angeles International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 1526 km (954 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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