Korean Airlines Flight 801 was a scheduled flight from Seoul, South Korea to Guam that crashed on August 6, 1997, killing 228 of the 254 people on board. The crash of Flight 801 was a tragic and devastating event that had a lasting impact on the families of the victims, as well as on the aviation industry as a whole.
The flight was operated by a Boeing 747-300 aircraft and was piloted by Captain Park Chang-Kyung, a veteran pilot with over 13,000 hours of flying experience. The plane took off from Seoul's Gimpo International Airport at 10:58 p.m. local time and was scheduled to arrive in Guam at 4:01 a.m. the following morning.
However, just minutes after takeoff, the plane encountered heavy rain and strong winds. As the plane flew over the Pacific Ocean, it encountered severe turbulence and the pilots struggled to maintain control. Despite their efforts, the plane crashed into a hillside near Nimitz Hill, just a few miles from the airport in Guam.
The cause of the crash was later determined to be pilot error. The pilots had failed to properly execute the approach to the airport and had not followed the proper procedures for landing in poor weather conditions. In addition, the pilots were found to have inadequate training in the use of the plane's instrument landing system (ILS), which is a critical tool for navigating and landing in poor weather conditions.
The crash of Korean Airlines Flight 801 was a tragic reminder of the importance of proper training and safety procedures in the aviation industry. It also highlighted the need for improved communication and coordination between pilots and air traffic controllers in order to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
In the wake of the crash, Korean Airlines implemented a number of safety improvements, including increased training for pilots, improved communication and coordination between pilots and air traffic controllers, and the adoption of new technology to help navigate and land planes in poor weather conditions.
The families of the victims of the crash were also left to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy. Many of them filed lawsuits against Korean Airlines, seeking compensation for their losses. In the end, the families of the victims received a settlement from the airline, though it could never fully compensate for the loss of their loved ones.
The crash of Korean Airlines Flight 801 will always be remembered as a tragic and devastating event. It serves as a reminder of the importance of safety and proper training in the aviation industry and the need to continually strive for improvement in order to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.