Narrative: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
|Date:||10 MAR 1979|
|Operator:||Swift Aire Lines|
|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:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (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|
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: "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."
Official accident investigation report
Follow-up / safety actions
Swift Aire bought this Nord 262 from Air Alsace in January 1977.