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Accident
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Estado:
Fecha:sábado 28 noviembre 1987
Hora:00:07 UTC
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-244B
Operador:South African Airways - SAA
Registración: ZS-SAS
Numéro de série: 22171/488
Año de Construcción: 1980-11-12 (7 years )
Horas Totales de la Célula:26743
Ciclos:4877
Motores: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7Q
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 19 / Ocupantes: 19
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 140 / Ocupantes: 140
Total:Fatalidades: 159 / Ocupantes: 159
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:250 km (156.3 milles) SE de la costa de Mauritius [Indian Ocean] (   Océano Índico)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (TPE/RCTP), Taiwan
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Mauritius-Plaisance International Airport (MRU/FIMP), Mauricio
Número de Vuelo:SA295
Descripción:
South African flight 295 took off from Taipei at 14:23, carrying 159 occupants and 6 pallets of cargo in the main deck cargo hold. At 23:49 the crew reported Mauritius Approach control they had a fire on board. An emergency descent to FL140 was carried out. Mauritius ATC cleared the aircraft to FL50, followed by a approach clearance. The captain's response was the last radio contact with SA295. It appeared that a fire had started in the cargo pallet at position PR. The aircraft had somehow lost control, broke up and crashed into the Ocean.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Fire of an unknown origin had possibly: 1) incapacitated the crew; 2) caused disorientation of the crew due to thick smoke; 3) caused crew distraction; 4) weakened the aircraft structure, causing an in-flight break-up.; 5) burned through several control cables; 6) caused loss of control due to deformation of the aircraft fuselage.



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Distance from Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport to Mauritius-Plaisance International Airport as the crow flies is 8476 km (5298 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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