Narrative:Four minutes after receiving clearance to descend to 3000 feet, the pilot reported he wasn't receiving the DME signal. At 23:24 Phuket ATC asked if the crew preferred a VOR approach to runway 09 instead of a visual runway 27 approach. The approach to runway 27 was continued, until the crew radioed that they had lost both engines, while passing 3400 feet and that they nearly hit a mountain. The aircraft eventually crashed into a mountain at 800 feet.
|Date:||Monday 15 April 1985|
|C/n / msn:|| 21810/604|
|First flight:|| 1979-09-24 (5 years 7 months)|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Total:||Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||18 km (11.3 mls) from Phuket International Airport (HKT) (Thailand)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand|
|Destination airport:||Phuket International Airport (HKT/VTSP), Thailand|
» Ottawa Citizen - Apr 16, 1985
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 Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport to Phuket International Airport as the crow flies is 688 km (430 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.