Accident Investigation Simulations


Asiana Airlines Flight 204 and Southwest Airlines Flight 440
Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California
August 19, 2004

Animation is provided in wmv format, and were presented at the NTSB Board Meeting on August 19, 2004 in Washington, D.C.

LAX animation still. lax_web01.wmv

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The animation shows a near collision between Southwest Airlines Flight 440, a Boeing 737, in position for takeoff on runway 24L, and Asiana Airlines Flight 204, a Boeing 747, preparing to land. Asiana 204 aborts landing procedures and overflies Southwest 440.

The animation includes audio, and was developed from flight recorder and Air Traffic Control (ATC) radar and communication recordings. The position time history of the Boeing 737 was derived from flight recorder information, while the position time history of the Boeing 747 was derived from ATC radar data. The recorded data were time synchronized and the position time histories correlated to a high-resolution image of the Los Angeles Airport and surrounding area.