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Accident description
Last updated: 27 May 2016
Date:Thursday 12 June 1975
Type:Boeing 747-128
Operator:Air France
Registration: N28888
C/n / msn: 20542/201
First flight: 1972-10-30 (2 years 8 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 376
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 394
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mumbai (Bombay) (   India)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM/VABB), India
Destination airport:Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV/LLBG), Israel
During a 180deg turn at the beginning of runway 27 the No.11 tire (on the right hand main gear) failed. During takeoff the no.12 tire also failed. Wheels and braking assembly then started rubbing the runway, causing a fire. The takeoff was aborted.
Initial delay in shutting down the engines and an improper deployment of fire services caused the fire to spread.

» Aviation News 27.06.1975


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Distance from Bombay-Santacruz Airport to Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion International Airport as the crow flies is 4023 km (2515 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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