Accident Canadair CL-44D4-2 G-ATZH, Friday 2 September 1977
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Date:Friday 2 September 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic CL44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Canadair CL-44D4-2
Owner/operator:Transmeridian Air Cargo
Registration: G-ATZH
MSN: 21
Year of manufacture:1961
Total airframe hrs:29376 hours
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Tyne 515-12
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:5 km ENE off Waglan Island -   Hong Kong
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH)
Destination airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD)
Investigating agency: AIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The no. 4 engine failed shortly after takeoff. The prop was feathered, but a fire developed and the aircraft was seen to crash into the sea on fire, 8 minutes after takeoff.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A loss of control following in-flight separation of the right-hand outboard wing section and the no.4 engine. These failures followed a no.4 engine failure, an internal engine fire and a fire in the aircraft fuel system eventually resulting in a massive external fire."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB
Report number: AAR 8/1980
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Maastricht Airport (MST); February 1977

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