Accident Boeing 737-2P5 HS-TBB, Monday 15 April 1985
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Date:Monday 15 April 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-2P5
Owner/operator:Thai Airways
Registration: HS-TBB
MSN: 21810/604
Year of manufacture:1979
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Fatalities:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:18 km from Phuket International Airport (HKT) -   Thailand
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD)
Destination airport:Phuket International Airport (HKT/VTSP)
Four minutes after receiving clearance to descend to 3000 feet, the pilot reported he wasn't receiving the DME signal. At 23:24 Phuket ATC asked if the crew preferred a VOR approach to runway 09 instead of a visual runway 27 approach. The approach to runway 27 was continued, until the crew radioed that they had lost both engines, while passing 3400 feet and that they nearly hit a mountain. The aircraft eventually crashed into a mountain at 800 feet.


Ottawa Citizen - Apr 16, 1985


  • 37th worst accident in 1985
  • 44th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 10th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Penang International Airport (PEN); March 1980

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