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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 17 February 1981
Time:16:44
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-293
Operator:Air California
Registration: N468AC
C/n / msn: 20334/232
First flight: 1970-08-26 (10 years 6 months)
Total airframe hrs:27566
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 105
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 110
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, CA (SNA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Jose Municipal Airport, CA (SJC/KSJC), United States of America
Destination airport:Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, CA (SNA/KSNA), United States of America
Flightnumber: 336
Narrative:
At 16:44 PST Flight 336 took off from San Jose for a flight to Santa Ana. 48 Minutes later, the crew received a clearance for a visual approach to runway 19R. While Flight 336 approached, the controller cleared Air California Flight 931 for a runway 19R takeoff. When recognising the hazard, the controller ordered Flight 336 to abort the landing and go-around and Flight 931 to abort the takeoff.
Flight 931 rejected its takeoff, but Flight 336 landed with the gear retracted. The 737 left the runway surface at 900 feet past the threshold and skidded another 1170 feet before coming to rest 115 feet to the right of the centreline.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain’s failure to immediately initiate a go-around when instructed to do so by the tower’s air traffic controller and his subsequent failure to correctly execute the specified go-around procedure which resulted in the retraction of the landing gear after the aircraft touched down on the runway."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 183 days (6 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-81-12
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» Flight Safety Digest July 1995(1-10)/Flight Safety Foundation
» NTSB-AAR-81-12


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Distance from San Jose Municipal Airport, CA to Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 547 km (342 miles).

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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