Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 24 January 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild FH-227B
Operator:Tatmadaw Lei (Burmese Air Force)
Registration: 5003
C/n / msn: 545
First flight: 1967
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 44
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Mandalay-Annisaton Airport (MDL) (   Myanmar) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Mandalay-Annisaton Airport (MDL/VYMD), Myanmar
Destination airport:Yangon-Mingaladon Airport (RGN/VYYY), Myanmar
Narrative:
A Fairchild FH-227B turboprop plane, operated by the Burmese Air Force, was destroyed when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Mandalay-Annisaton Airport (MDL), Burma. One passenger survived the accident, 43 people died. Officials in Burma told reporters that an engine had failed shortly after takeoff. The airplane struck the roof of a tobacco factory and crashed. A watchman of the factory was injured.

Sources:
» Flight International 03.01.1981 (27)
» Spider nr.20 (okt. 1996), p.7
» The Palm Beach Post - Jan 26, 1980


Photos

photo of Fairchild FH-227B N705U
N705U was bought by the U.S. Dept of State in 1977 and donated to the Burmese Air Force.
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Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Mandalay-Annisaton Airport to Yangon-Mingaladon Airport as the crow flies is 530 km (331 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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