Criminal Occurrence
Last updated: 2 October 2014
Statuts:
Date:lundi 11 avril 1955
Heure:ca 09:25 UTC
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-749A Constellation
Compagnie:Air-India
Immatriculation: VT-DEP
Numéro de série: 2666
Année de Fabrication: 1951
Equipage:victimes: 5 / à bord: 8
Passagers:victimes: 11 / à bord: 11
Total:victimes: 16 / à bord: 19
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:de Great Natuna Islands (   Indonésie) show on map
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Charter International
Aéroport de départ:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong-Kong
Aéroport de destination:Jakarta (unknown airport), Indonésie
Détails:
The Air-India Constellation (named "Kashmir Princess") departed Hong Kong at 04:25 GMT for a flight to Jakarta. On board were Chinese and east European delegates, mainly journalists, to attend the Asia-Afro Bandung conference.
Around 09:25 GMT, while cruising at FL180, a muffled explosion was heard and smoke entered the cabin. A fire erupted on the right wing behind the no. 3 engine. The no. 3 prop was feathered and an emergency descent was started. During the descent hydraulic failure occurred, followed by an electrical failure. A ditching was planned, but dense smoke entered the cockpit. The aircraft struck the water surface with the right wingtip and crashed.
It is thought that Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai was the target of this act of sabotage. His travel plans had been kept secret and he left China three days later.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "An explosion of a timed infernal machine placed in the starboard wheel well of the aircraft. This explosion resulted in the puncturing of no.3 fuel tank and an uncontrollable fire."

Sources:
» China spills Zhou Enlai secret (China Daily 2004-07-21)
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 50-AN/45 (108-109)


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