Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2014
Date:Thursday 4 December 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-328B
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-BHSZ
C/n / msn: 18459/335
First flight: 1963
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Passengers:Fatalities: 41 / Occupants: 41
Total:Fatalities: 62 / Occupants: 62
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 6,5 km off Caracas-Simon Bolivar Airport (CCS) (   Venezuela) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
Destination airport:Pointe-à-Pitre-Le Raizet Airport (PTP/TFFR), Guadeloupe
Flightnumber: 212
Air France Flight AF212 was a scheduled service from Santiago de Chile to Paris with en route stops at Quito (Ecuador), Caracas (Venezuela) and Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe).
Some three minutes after takeoff from Caracas, the Boeing 707 dove into the sea. The flight was climbing to a height of 3000 feet after takeoff.
The depth of the water in the area was around 160 feet.


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Distance from Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport to Pointe-à-Pitre-Le Raizet Airport as the crow flies is 858 km (536 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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