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Criminal Occurrence
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:jeudi 15 juin 1972
Heure:05:59 UTC
Type/Sous-type:Convair CV-880-22M-21
Compagnie:Cathay Pacific Airways
Immatriculation: VR-HFZ
Numéro de série: 22-7-1-53
Année de Fabrication: 1961
Heures de vol:29434
Equipage:victimes: 10 / à bord: 10
Passagers:victimes: 71 / à bord: 71
Total:victimes: 81 / à bord: 81
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:55 km (34.4 milles) SE of Pleiku (   Vietnam)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thaïlande
Aéroport de destination:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong-Kong
Numéro de vol: 700Z
Détails:
Cathay Pacific Flight CX 700Z took off from Bangkok (BKK) at 04:55 UTC bound for Hong Kong (HKG). The flight proceeded normally along airway Green 67 at a cruise altitude of FL290, maintaining routine radio contact first with Bangkok ACC and from 05:42 with Saigon ACC. At 05:59 a high explosive device detonated within the passenger cabin centre section area. Some passengers' seats were ejected through a hole in the fuselage. Portions of the fuselage and possibly some seats struck the vertical and horizontal stabilizers, causing severe damage. Simultaneously the floor of the cabin, centre fuselage section, and starboard wing root were disrupted. The CV-880 lost control, entered a high-speed descent and broke up. The aircraft crashed in a jungle area, lightly wooded with small trees.
It appeared that the explosive device was hidden in a suitcase under a passenger seat on the right side near the wing. A police officer whose fiancée and daughter were aboard was charged with the crime.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft broke up in the air and caught fire following the detonation of a high explosive device within the passenger cabin."

Sources:
» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 118-AN/88 (122-130)


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport et Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport est de 1703 km (1064 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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