Korean Air Lines Flight 015

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Korean Air Lines Flight 015
Boeing 747-2B5B, Korean Air Lines AN0600191.jpg
KAL Boeing 747 similar to the aircraft involved in accident
Date 19 November 1980 (1980-11-19)
Summary Controlled Flight Into Terrain
Site Kimpo International Airport, Seoul, South Korea
Passengers 206
Crew 20
Fatalities 15
Injuries (non-fatal) 4
Survivors 211
Aircraft type Boeing 747-2B5B
Operator Korean Air
Registration HL7445
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.[1]


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.[2] The pilot reported trouble with the controls[3] 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.[4][2]


  1. ^ Korean Air Flight 015. Airdisaster.com
  2. ^ a b UK CAA Document CAA 429 World Airline Accident Summary (ICAO Summary 1/82)
  3. ^ "12 die as jet crash-lands in Korea". The Palm Post, 19 November 1980.
  4. ^ Korean Air Flight 015. Aviation Safety Network