Korean Airlines Came Short Of The Runway
On Wednesday, August 6, 1997, at 0142 local time, a Boeing 747-300, operated by Korean Airlines as flight 801, crashed 3 mile short of runway 6 left at Agana Airport (Guam International), Agana, Guam. Of the 254 persons on-board the airplane, 29 survived the accident. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed. The investigation revealed that flight 801 was approaching Guam and the flightcrew had been cleared to execute the instrument landing system (ILS) approach to runway 6 left. The glide slope had been NOTAMed out of service, thus, the localizer and DME were the prominent navigation aides (view the track the aircraft to took. This is a mov. file).
The flight was established on the localizer course and was descending from 2,600 feet when the airplane struck the top of Nimitz Hill (the location of the VOR) in a wings level, slight nose-high attitude. The airplane struck numerous trees and rising terrain before coming to rest about 2,100 feet from the initial impact point. The majority of the airplane was consumed by a post-crash fire. The investigation is currently in progress with working groups assembled for Operations, Meteorology, Aircraft Structures and Systems, Power plants, Survival Factors, Air Traffic Control, Aircraft Performance, CVR and FDR. National Transportation Safety Board Abstract On Korean Air Flight 801 Conclusions, Probable Cause, And Safety Recommendations.
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