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Last updated: 24 October 2021
Date:Saturday 23 November 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 200
Operator:Cable Commuter
Registration: N7666
MSN: 148
First flight: 1968-08-20 (3 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2,9 km (1.8 mls) N of Santa Ana-Orange County Airport, CA (SNA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
Destination airport:Santa Ana-Orange County Airport, CA (SNA/KSNA), United States of America
Visibility was poor due to fog as the Twin Otter approached Santa Ana. On finals the airplane hit a 30 feet steel light pole on the edge of the Newport Freeway (Costa Mesa Freeway) and crashed

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - improper IFR operation
pilot in command - misjudged altitude
weather - low ceiling
weather - fog


Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground



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Distance from Los Angeles International Airport, CA to Santa Ana-Orange County Airport, CA as the crow flies is 58 km (36 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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