Date: November 22, 1968
Time: 0124
Location: Off San Francisco, California
Operator: Japan Air Lines
Flight #: 2
Route: Tokyo - San Francisco
AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62
Registration: JA8032
cn / ln: 45954/362
Aboard: 107   (passengers:96  crew:11)
Fatalities: 0   (passengers:0  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: The plane landed in the shallow waters of San Francisco Bay, 2.5 mile short of the Runway 28L. All 107 people aboard were safely evacuated off the plane without injury. According to the NTSB, the captain said he was making a coupled approach, but because of problems with his pressure altimeter, he was relying on the more accurate radio altimeter for verification of altitude. The captain looked up expecting to be 200 feet above the water but instead was nearly in the water. He applied power but it was too late. The captain did not cross-check the raw data glide-slope signals and didn't realize the ILS on-course position was far above where he was. The improper application of the prescribed procedures to execute an automatic-coupled ILS approach. This deviation from the prescribed procedures was, in part, due t o a lack of familiarization and infrequent operation of the installed flight director and autopilot system. As a result, Japan Air Lines changed their training procedures to stress command responsibilities, crew coordination and transition time for new type of aircraft. The aircraft was recovered from the San Francisco Bay 55 hours after the accident, repaired at a United Air Lines facility and eventually flow back to Japan where it was put in service for many decades.

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