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Last updated: 1 December 2020
Fecha:domingo 19 febrero 1989
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-249F
Operador:Flying Tiger Line
Registración: N807FT
Numéro de série: 21828/408
Año de Construcción: 1979-11-01 (9 years 4 months)
Horas Totales de la Célula:34000
Motores: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7Q
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 4
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 4
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:12 km (7.5 milles) de Kuala Lumpur Subang International Airport (KUL) (   Malasia)
Elevación del lugar del accidente: 180 m (591 feet) amsl
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Singapore-Changi International Airport (SIN/WSSS), Singapur
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Kuala Lumpur Subang International Airport (KUL/WMKK), Malasia
Número de Vuelo: 66
The Boeing, named "Thomas Haywood", was less than half loaded with textiles, computer software and mail when it departed Singapore. Approaching Kuala Lumpur, the crew were cleared to route direct to the Kayell (KL) beacon for a runway 33 approach. While on the NDB approach, the crew were cleared to "...descend two four zero zero..." which was interpreted by the crew as " 400...". The aircraft descended below minimum altitude and crashed into a hillside at 600 feet/180 m msl just before reaching the Kayell NDB, where minimum descent height was 2400 feet. The Boeing hit treetops and started to break up until bursting into flames.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Non-standard phraseology was used by Kuala Lumpur ATC, causing the crew to misinterpret the instructions.

» Aviation Week & Space Technology 27.02.89 (24)
» Flight International 17-12 January 1990 (p.44)
» ICAO Adrep Summary


photo of Boeing-747-249F-N807FT
accident date: 19-02-1989
type: Boeing 747-249F
registration: N807FT
photo of Boeing-747-249F-N807FT
accident date: 19-02-1989
type: Boeing 747-249F
registration: N807FT

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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 Singapore-Changi International Airport to Kuala Lumpur Subang International Airport as the crow flies is 296 km (185 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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