Non hull-loss description
Last updated: 1 September 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 18 January 1984
Type:Boeing 747
Operator:Air France
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 246
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 261
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:113 km (70.6 mls) from Karachi (   Pakistan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan
Destination airport:Dhahran International Airport (DHA/OEDR), Saudi Arabia
Flightnumber: 171
Narrative:
An in-flight explosion after leaving Karachi blew a hole in the right rear cargo hold and caused a loss of cabin pressure. An emergency descent to 5000 feet was made and the aircraft returned to Karachi.
Flight AF171 originated in Manila, Philippines and was heading for Paris, France with en route stops at Bangkok, Thailand, Karachi, Pakistan and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


Sources:
» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistical and narrative reports / FAA


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Distance from Karachi International Airport to Dhahran International Airport as the crow flies is 1701 km (1063 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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