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Last updated: 29 November 2015
Datum:Montag 13 Januar 1969
Flugzeugtyp:McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62
Fluggesellschaft:Scandinavian Airlines System - SAS
Kennzeichen: LN-MOO
Werknummer: 45822/272
Baujahr: 1967
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 9
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 12 / Insassen: 36
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 15 / Insassen: 45
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:11 km (6.9 Meilen) W vom Land entfernt von Los Angeles, CA [Santa Monica Bay] (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA (SEA/KSEA), USA
Flug nach:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), USA
Flugnummer: 933
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: "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."


Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
report status: Final
report number: NTSB/AAR-70-14
report released:1 July 1970
duration of investigation: 1 year and 6 months
download report: Scandinavian Airlines System, McDonnell- Douglas DC-8-62, LN-M00 (Norweigian Registry) in Santa Monica Bay, near Los Angeles, California, January 13, 1969. (NTSB/AAR-70-14)


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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).

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