Accident
Last updated: 22 July 2014
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:lundi 26 novembre 1979
Heure:02:04
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-340C
Compagnie:Pakistan International Airlines - PIA
Immatriculation: AP-AWZ
Numéro de série: 20275/844
Année de Fabrication: 1970
Heures de vol:30710
Moteurs: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Equipage:victimes: 11 / à bord: 11
Passagers:victimes: 145 / à bord: 145
Total:victimes: 156 / à bord: 156
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:48 km (30 milles) N of Taif (   Arabie Saoudite) show on map
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED/OEJN), Arabie Saoudite
Aéroport de destination:Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan
Numéro de vol: 740
Détails:
Flight PK740 departed Jeddah at 01:29 for a flight to Karachi. The aircraft was climbing to FL370 when, at 01:47, a stewardess reported a fire near the aft cabin passenger door. The crew started a descent from FL300 and were cleared to descend to 4000 feet. Following a mayday call at 02:03 nothing more was heard from the flight. The aircraft crashed in a level rocky area at an elevation of 3000 feet and burst into flames.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An in-flight fire in the cabin area which, through its intensity and rapid extension, resulted in panic among the passengers and smoke in the cockpit, eventually incapacitating the flight crew. The cause of the cabin fire was not determined."
It was considered that the origin of the cabin fire could have been a leaking gasoline or kerosene stove, carried aboard by Haj pilgrim passengers. Pressure differential could have caused a poorly sealed gasket to leak fuel.
A second possibility is an electrical fire, but the rapid extension of the fire was considered difficult to explain because of the electrical circuit protection devices of the Boeing 707. Sabotage was considered as another possibility, but no evidence of use of an incendiary device was found.

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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposé destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport et Karachi International Airport est de 2860 km (1788 miles).

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 tels qui sont connus à ce jour.
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