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Criminal Occurrence
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:Definitief
Datum:zondag 8 september 1974
Tijd:09:40 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-331B
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Registratie: N8734
Constructienummer: 20063/789
Bouwjaar: 1969
Aantal vlieguren:21733
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 9 / inzittenden: 9
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 79 / inzittenden: 79
Totaal:slachtoffers: 88 / inzittenden: 88
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:93 km (58.1 mijl) W van Cephalonia, Greece (   Mer Méditerranée)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT), Griekenland
Vliegveld van aankomst:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italië
Vluchtnummer:TW841
Beschrijving:
Flight TW841 (Tel Aviv-Athens-Rome-New York) left Athens at 09:12 GMT for a 1 hour and 48 minute flight to Rome. The flight was cruising at FL280 when to suddenly enter a steep climb attitude. The captain of PanAm flight 110 who witnessed the event, said the aircraft then rolled to the left into a steep descent. The Boeing 707 disintegrated and crashed into the sea. It was determined that the detonation of an explosive device in the aft cargo compartment buckled and damaged the cabin floor in such a manner that one or more of the elevator and rudder system control cables was stretched and, perhaps, broken. The resultant displacement of control surfaces caused a violent pitch up and yaw and made the aircraft uncontrollable.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The detonation of an explosive device within the aft cargo compartment of the aircraft which rendered the aircraft uncontrollable".

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 199 days (7 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-75-07
Download report: Final report

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» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA
» NTSB-AAR-75-7


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Athens-Ellinikon International Airport en Roma-Fiumicino Airport bedraagt 1063 km (665 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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