Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Sept 19, 2019 15:09:04 GMT
This OKADA AIR DC-8-62 (5N-AON) is an intersting aircraft .... or rather .... "A VERY LUCKY ONE" .... having, as the result of an incident during 1968, been given the accolade "The DC-8 That Didn´t Die".
Delivered new to JAPAN AIR LINES (JA8032, C/N 45954, L/N 362 .... named "Shiga") on May 25 1968 .... during an ILS approach to RWY 28L at SFO on November 22nd 1968 (just 6 months after its delivery to JAL) this aircraft landed in San Francisco Bay, some 2KM short of the RWY. It sustained relatively minor damage .... and was salvaged .... then repaired by UA, at SFO (at a cost of more than $US 4 million (1968) dollars and returned to service with JAL on March 31st 1969 .... renamed "Hidaka". It remained in service with JAL until March 18th 1983 when it was sold to AIR ABC (TF-BBA) and during which time it was leased to HAMAZAIR from May 1983 until December 1983 .... then sold to OKADA AIR (5N-AON) during July 1984 .... and then sold to AIRBORNE EXPRESS (N808AX) on April 22nd 1987 and with whom it served until September 2001 when it was finally withdrawn from sevice and stored at Wilmington, Ohio, where it was eventually scrapped.