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Accident Report Detail

Japan Air Lines, Co., Ltd. DC-8-62, JA 8032

Executive Summary

Japan Air Lines, Douglas DC-8-62, JA8032, made an unintentional landing in San Francisco Bay while operating as Flight 2, departed Tokyo International Airport at 0836z (1736 Tokyo Time) on November 22, 1968, with 96 passengers, including six infants and a crew of 11 for a nonstop Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight to the San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California.

The flight arrived in the San Francisco area at 16542 (0854 Pacific standard time) after a routine flight. Normal communications were established, and the crew was radar vectored to the Woodside VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) and thence to intercept the Instrument Landing System (ILS) for Runway 28L at the San Francisco International Airport.

The flight crossed the Woodside VOR at 17162 at approximately 4,000 feet and, at 1718:30z, was cleared to descend to 2,000 feet. The flight descended in a constant, uninterrupted rate of descent from this time until about 6 seconds before water impact at 1724:25Z. The aircraft was on the localizer and contacted the water about 2.5 miles from the end of Runway 28L.

These were no injuries to any of the passengers or crew during the accident and ensuing evacuation. The aircraft was recovered from the waters of San Francisco Bay about 55 hours after the accident.

Probable Cause

The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the improper application of the prescribed procedures to execute an automatic-coupled ILS approach. This deviation from the prescribed procedures was, in part, due to a lack of familiarization and infrequent operation of the installed flight director and autopilot system.

Accident Location: San Francisco , CA   San Francisco Bay
Accident Date: 11/22/1968
Accident ID: AAR7002

Date Adopted: 1/31/1969
NTSB Number: AAR-70-02
NTIS Number:  PB-192219

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