Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) Flight 933

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) Flight 933Monday January 13, 1969
The aircraft was on approach to 07R when it crashed into Santa Monica Bay 6 miles short of the runway. The fuselage broke into 3 pieces one of which floated for 20 hours. SAS did not authorize a back course approach to LAX. A VOR approach was conducted without notifying the controlling authority. The crew was preoccupied with a landing gear light problem. Lack of crew coordination and inadequate monitoring of aircraft position which resulted in an unplanned descent into the water. The aircraft was named "Sverre Viking."

Crash Details

DateMonday January 13, 1969
LocationOff Los Angeles, California
Passengers36
Crew9
Fatalities15
Survivors30
Aircraft TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-8-62
OperatorScandinavian Airlines (SAS)
RegistrationLN-MOO
Flight OriginCopenhagen
Flight Destination Los Angeles
Off Los Angeles, California
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62
1969