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Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 4 October 2015
Date:Tuesday 22 November 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-1 (DC-3)
Operator:Aden Airways
Registration: VR-AAN
C/n / msn: 4284
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Wadi Rabtah (   Yemen)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mayfa'ah Airport (MFY), Yemen
Destination airport:Aden International Airport (ADE/ODAA), Yemen
The DC-3 had reached a cruising height of 6000 feet, 20 minutes after takeoff from Mayfa'ah when an explosive device detonated in the passenger cabin, on the left side just above the wing. The DC-3 disintegrated and crashed.

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