Accident Boeing 737-4D7 HS-TDC, Saturday 3 March 2001
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Date:Saturday 3 March 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic B734 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-4D7
Owner/operator:Thai Airways International
Registration: HS-TDC
MSN: 25321/2113
Year of manufacture:1991
Total airframe hrs:21006 hours
Engine model:CFMI CFM56-3C1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Bangkok International Airport (BKK) -   Thailand
Phase: Standing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD)
Destination airport:Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX/VTCC)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Boeing 737-400 "Narathiwat" was parked at gate 62 at the domestic terminal of Bangkok Airport and was being prepared by 5 cabin crew members and 3 ground staff members for a flight to Chiang Mai (TG 114). Ground temperatures were in the high 35 degree Celsius and the air conditioning packs, which are located directly beneath the center wing tank and generate heat when they are operating, had been running continuously since the airplane's previous flight, including about 40 minutes on the ground. At 14:48, some 27 minutes before scheduled departure time, fuel vapours in the center wing tank probably ignited, causing an explosion. A fire erupted in the cabin, killing a flight attendant and injuring 6 others. Eighteen minutes later, the fire caused the right wing tank to explode. The fire was put out in an hour, but by then the aircraft had been gutted by the fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An explosion of the center wing tank resulting from ignition of the flammable fuel/air mixture in the tank. The source of the ignition energy for the explosion could not be determined with certainty, but the most likely source was an explosion originating at the center wing tank pump as a result of running the pump in the presence of metal shavings and a fuel/air mixture."





photo (c) NTSB; Bangkok International Airport (BKK); March 2001; (publicdomain)

photo (c) Harro Ranter; Bangkok International Airport (BKK); 20 June 1997; (CC:by-nc-nd)

photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; ?; October 2000

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