ASN Aircraft accident Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 2E B-274 Beijing
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Date:Wednesday 14 March 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRID model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 2E
Registration: B-274
MSN: 2172
First flight: 1976
Engines: 3 Rolls-Royce Spey 512
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 32
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Beijing (   China)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:Beijing Xijiao Airport (ZBBB), China
Destination airport:?
A mechanic familiar with HS-121 Trident boarded this plane alone and began takeoff roll without authorization. The plane barely gained altitude and crashed into a factory.
The motive of the mechanic was probably that he felt injustice during his service in the China Air Force, so he was intending to revenge.


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