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Last updated: 27 September 2021
Date:Monday 13 September 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRID model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 1E
Operator:People's Liberation Army - Air Force - PLAAF
Registration: 256
MSN: 2131
First flight: 1966
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Öndörkhaan (   Mongolia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Qinhuangdao Shanhaiguan Airport (SHP/ZBSH), China
Destination airport:?
A Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 1E jetliner was destroyed in an accident near Öndörkhaan, Mongolia. All nine on board, including Chinese Vice Premier and Minister of Defense Lin Biao were killed.
The exact events preceding Lin's death have been a source of speculation ever since. Following Lin's death, he was officially condemned as a traitor by the Communist Party of China.
The official Chinese explanation was that Lin Biao was defecting to the Soviet Union following a failed attempt to assassinate Chinese leader Mao Zedong. The airplane supposedly crashed after running out of fuel.

» NRC Handelsblad 18.04.1990
» Wikipedia - Lin Biao


photo of HS-121-Trident-1E-256
accident date: 13-09-1971
type: Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 1E
registration: 256
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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