Other Boeing 727-121C XV-NJC, Wednesday 5 September 1973
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Date:Wednesday 5 September 1973
Time:17:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 727-121C
Owner/operator:Air Vietnam
Registration: XV-NJC
MSN: 19819/516
Year of manufacture:1968
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 62
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Category:Other
Location:near Bangkok -   Thailand
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD)
Destination airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS)
Narrative:
About fifteen minutes after takeoff from Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport, while flying at 15000 feet, an explosion occurred in the galley of the airplane. Two passengers and a stewardess were injured.
The Boeing 727 returned safely to Bangkok.

Initially it was thought a bomb had exploded in the galley. A preliminary investigation by Royal Thai Air Force personnel however showed it was a mechanical defect in a galley broiler that caused the explosion.

Sources:

The Telegraph - Sep 5, 1973
Beaver County Times - Sep 10, 1973
Thai Aviation History website
Flight International 20-9-1973

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15 September 1974 XV-NJC Air Vietnam 75 near Phan Rang Air Base (PHA) w/o

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