Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 20 August 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 1 March 1988
Type:Embraer 110P1 Bandeirante
Operating for:Comair
Leased from:Bop Air
Registration: ZS-LGP
C/n / msn: 110402
First flight: 1982
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Germiston, c. 13 km SW of Johannesburg International Airport (JNB' (   South Africa) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Phalaborwa Airport (PHW/FAPH), South Africa
Destination airport:Johannesburg International Airport (JNB/FAJS), South Africa
Narrative:
An Embraer 110P1 Bandeirante passenger plane, registered ZS-LGP, was destroyed when it crashed in an industrial area of Germiston, South Africa. All seventeen on board were killed. The airplane operated on a flight from Phalaborwa Airport (PHW) to Johannesburg International Airport (JNB).
Witnesses reported that they heard a violent explosion and saw the aircraft break in two. The flightdeck was found more than 250m (820 feet) away from the fuselage.
A mineworker with marital and financial problems who had recently taken out a large insurance policy on his life, had boarded the plane. He is thought to have detonated an explosive device.


Classification:
Sabotage
Loss of control

Sources:
» Flight International 12 March 1988


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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 Phalaborwa Airport to Johannesburg International Airport as the crow flies is 381 km (238 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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