Korean Air Lines Flight 015
KAL Boeing 747 similar to the aircraft involved in accident
|Date||19 November 1980|
|Summary||Controlled Flight Into Terrain|
|Site||Kimpo International Airport, Seoul, South Korea|
|Aircraft type||Boeing 747-2B5B|
|Flight origin||Los Angeles International Airport|
|Stopover||Anchorage International Airport|
|Destination||Kimpo International Airport|
Korean Air Lines Flight 015 was a Boeing 747 operating a scheduled passenger flight from Los Angeles International Airport, in Los Angeles, California, to Kimpo International Airport in Seoul, South Korea with an intermediate stop in Anchorage, Alaska, that crashed while attempting to land on 19 November 1980. Of the 226 passengers and crew on board, 15 were killed in the accident.
The wind was calm with a visibility of 1,000 m in fog as the Korean Air Lines 747 made its approach to Runway 14 at Kimpo International Airport. The pilot reported trouble with the controls shortly before the aircraft touched down 90 metres short of the threshold and contacted an embankment slope. The aircraft's cargo compartment was ruptured after the main landing gear were pushed into it. Flight 015 slid down the runway on its belly and a fire broke out. The aircraft was evacuated but six crew and nine passengers were killed in the accident and four passengers had serious injuries.