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Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 31 May 2016
Date:Friday 23 September 1983
Time:ca 15:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2P6
Operator:Gulf Air
Registration: A4O-BK
C/n / msn: 21734/566
First flight: 1979-04-04 (4 years 6 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 107 / Occupants: 107
Total:Fatalities: 112 / Occupants: 112
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mino Jebel Ali (   United Arab Emirates)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan
Destination airport:Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH/OMAA), United Arab Emirates
Flightnumber: 771
The aircraft crashed after the crew had issued a brief distress message. It appeared that a bomb had exploded in the cargo compartment, causing a violent fire.

Loss of control

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Distance from Karachi International Airport to Abu Dhabi International Airport as the crow flies is 1257 km (786 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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