Los Angeles Airways Flight 417

Los Angeles Airways Flight 417Wednesday August 14, 1968
The main rotor blade of the helicopter separated from the central hub. The aircraft spun to destruction as the tail cone sheared off. Metallurgical fault during manufacture of the main rotor blade spindle. Fatigue origin in area of substandard hardness and inadequate shot peening on main rotor blade spindle.

Crash Details

DateWednesday August 14, 1968
LocationCompton, California
Passengers18
Crew3
Fatalities21
Survivors0
Aircraft TypeSikorsky S-61L helicopter
OperatorLos Angeles Airways
RegistrationN300Y
Flight Origin
Flight Destination
Compton, California
Los Angeles Airways
Sikorsky S-61L helicopter
1968