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Accident description
Last updated: 27 April 2017
Date:Saturday 10 March 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic N262 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Nord 262A-33
Operator:Swift Aire Lines
Registration: N418SA
C/n / msn: 41
First flight: 1967
Total airframe hrs:11300
Engines: 2 Turbomeca Bastan VI-C1
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3,5 km (2.2 mls) NW off Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
Destination airport:Santa Maria Airport, CA (KSMX), United States of America
Flightnumber: 235
At 17:49 the flight took off from Los Angeles runway 24L. When the aircraft crossed the departure end of the runway, the right propeller was observed
slowing to a stop. As the aircraft crossed the shoreline, popping sounds were heard from the left engine, and the aircraft stopped climbing and turned north paralleling the shoreline. As the aircraft flew north along the shoreline, it descended in a wings-level attitude, it contacted the water smoothly, bounced twice, impacted the water in a nose down attitude, and sank almost immediately near Marina del Rey, about 500 metres off shore.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's mismanagement of an emergency procedure following an autofeather of the right-hand propeller which resulted in their shutting down the remaining engine. Contributing to the accident was the unavailability of vital restart information to the crew."


» NTSB-AAR-79-13

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
report status: Final
report number: NTSB/AAR-79-13
report released:16 August 1979
duration of investigation: 159 days (5 months)
download report: Swift Aire Lines, Inc., Nord 262 N418SA, Marina Del Rey, California, March 10, 1979. (NTSB/AAR-79-13)

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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Swift Aire bought this Nord 262 from Air Alsace in January 1977.
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Distance from Los Angeles International Airport, CA to Santa Maria Airport, CA as the crow flies is 215 km (134 miles).

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