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Last updated: 17 August 2017
Date:Wednesday 3 September 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic T134 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev 134B-3
Operator:Vietnam Airlines
Registration: VN-A120
C/n / msn: 66360
First flight: 1984
Total airframe hrs:11723
Engines: 2 Soloviev D-30-III
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 59 / Occupants: 60
Total:Fatalities: 65 / Occupants: 66
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Phnom Penh-Pochentong Airport (PNH) (   Cambodia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ho Chi Minh City-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Destination airport:Phnom Penh-Pochentong Airport (PNH/VDPP), Cambodia
Flightnumber: 815
The captain of the Tupolev ignored ATC instructions to change runways and ignored the advice of his co-pilot to abort the approach because of bad visibility in heavy rain. The plane struck trees 300 m short of the runway and crashed into a rice field when stalling on a late go-around.

A one-year old baby boy survived the accident.

Loss of control

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Distance from Ho Chi Minh City-Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Phnom Penh-Pochentong Airport as the crow flies is 212 km (133 miles).

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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