Re: SAS ditching near LAX

Date:         13 Jan 97 18:35:32 
From:         bizfixer@aol.com (Bizfixer)
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It was a JAL DC8-61 which ditched at SFO.  Friends at JAL Purchasing used
to joke that it was the excess weight of the galleys which I built for
their -61s.

An SAS DC8-? ditched offshore near  of LAX around that time, but I don't
recall them ditching at SFO, though there were 2 or 3 in a short period..

An SAS B-747 almost landed on the Hughes Aircraft runway one evening in
the '70s, mistaking its lights for LAX.  ATC caught it just in time!
Hughes facility was being used - and adequate only - for helicopters;  too
short and much too soft for a 747.  (It's about 4 miles north of LAX and
roughly parallel to 25R.)

Tokyo/Haneda - similar setup to SFO - had a series of accidents in the 60s
which demonstrate an important moral:  never fly with someone whose number
is up!  An Air Canada DC-8 hit the seawall and cartwheeled down the
runway, killing all but 17.  One guy who got out called his family to say
he was OK.  Next day, he got on the BOAC (B-707) flight to Delhi which
broke up in turbulence midair over Mt. Fuji.  (It was filmed by a Japanese
hiker!)  Now there's a guy whose number was up!

And then there was the Saudi L-1011,  . . . but that's enough for now.

Fly with the right people - guess you're one of them.

Ciao,

Hokie
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