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Last updated: 4 December 2020
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 10 March 1979
Time:17:52
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
Aircraft 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
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
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."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 159 days (5 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-79-13
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» NTSB-AAR-79-13


Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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Photos

photo of -
photo of Nord-262A-33-F-BVPP
accident date: 10-03-1979
type: Nord 262A-33
registration: F-BVPP
 

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Los Angeles International Airport, CA to Santa Maria Airport, CA as the crow flies is 215 km (134 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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