Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 20 October 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 13 September 1971
Type:Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 1E
Operator:People's Liberation Army - Air Force - PLAAF
Registration: 256
C/n / msn: 2131
First flight: 1966
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Öndörkhaan (   Mongolia) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Qinhuangdao Airport (SHP), China
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
A Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 1E jetliner was destroyed in an accident near Öndörkhaan, Mongolia. All nine on board, including Chinese Vice Premier and Minister of Defense Lin Biao were killed.
The exact events preceding Lin's death have been a source of speculation ever since. Following Lin's death, he was officially condemned as a traitor by the Communist Party of China.
The official Chinese explanation was that Lin Biao was defecting to the Soviet Union following a failed attempt to assassinate Chinese leader Mao Zedong. The airplane supposedly crashed after running out of fuel.


Sources:
» NRC Handelsblad 18.04.1990
» Wikipedia - Lin Biao


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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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