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Last updated: 21 October 2017
Date:samedi 28 novembre 1987
Heure:00:07 UTC
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-244B
Compagnie:South African Airways - SAA
Immatriculation: ZS-SAS
Numéro de série: 22171/488
Année de Fabrication: 1980-11-12 (7 years )
Heures de vol:26743
Moteurs: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7Q
Equipage:victimes: 19 / à bord: 19
Passagers:victimes: 140 / à bord: 140
Total:victimes: 159 / à bord: 159
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:250 km (156.3 milles) SE de Mauritius [Indian Ocean] (   Océan Indien)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (TPE/RCTP), Taïwan
Aéroport de destination:Mauritius-Plaisance International Airport (MRU/FIMP), Ile Maurice
Numéro de vol:SA295
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.

Opérations de secours

BoI SA issued 8 Safety Recommendations
FAA issued 2 Airworthiness Directives
NTSB issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport et Mauritius-Plaisance International Airport est de 8476 km (5298 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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