KOREAN AIR - BOEING - B747 (HL-7468) flight no. KL801

KOREAN AIR – BOEING – B747 (HL-7468) flight no. KL801

Korean Air flight KL801, a Boeing 747-3B5B (747-300), Korean registration HL7468, operated by Korean Air Company, Ltd., crashed at Nimitz Hill, Guam on August 6, 1997, about 0142:26 Guam local time.
Flight 801 departed from Kimpo International Airport, Seoul, Korea, with 2 pilots, 1 flight engineer, 14 flight attendants, and 237 passengers on board.

The captain was fatigued, which degraded his performance and contributed to his failure to properly execute the approach.

Korean Air flight KL801 had been cleared to land on runway 6 Left at A.B. Won Guam International Airport, Agana, Guam, and crashed into high terrain about 3 miles southwest of the airport. Of the 254 persons on board, 228 were killed, and 23 passengers and 3 flight attendants survived the accident with serious injuries. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postcrash fire.

  source : NTSB Youtube channel

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of Korean Air Flight KL801 crash was the captain’s failure to adequately brief and execute the nonprecision approach and the first officer’s and flight engineer’s failure to effectively monitor and cross-check the captain’s execution of the approach. Contributing to these failures were the captain’s fatigue and Korean Air’s inadequate flight crew training.
Contributing to the accident was the Federal Aviation Administration’s intentional inhibition of the minimum safe altitude warning system at Guam and the agency’s failure to adequately manage the system.

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accident date: 06/08/1997
operator: KOREAN AIR
make: BOEING
model: B757
registration: HL-7468
msn: 22487
location: Nimitz hill, Guam
flight number: KL801

Category: Aviation Accident

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