Jan. 31, Point Mugu, Calif. / Douglas MD-83


At about 16:20 PST, Alaska Airlines Flight 261, a Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) MD-83 on a scheduled international passenger flight from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to San Francisco, Calif., crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Point Mugu. The two pilots, three flight attendants, 80 adult and child passengers, and three infant passengers were killed. The U.S. Coast Guard conducted a search and rescue mission for 44 hours.


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