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Accident description
Last updated: 5 September 2015
Date:Tuesday 29 October 1991
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-368C
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A20-103
C/n / msn: 21103/905
First flight: 1975
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:43 km (26.9 mls) S off East Sale, VIC, Australia (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Richmond RAAF Base, NSW (YSRI), Australia
Destination airport:Avalon Airport, VIC (AVV/YMAV), Australia
The RAAF Boeing 707 stalled and crashed into the sea. The crash was attributed to a simulation of asymmetric flight resulting in a sudden and violent departure from controlled flight.

Loss of control

» Scramble 150


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Distance from Richmond RAAF Base, NSW to Avalon Airport, VIC as the crow flies is 751 km (469 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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