Unlawful Interference Convair CV-880-22M-21 VR-HFZ, Thursday 15 June 1972
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Date:Thursday 15 June 1972
Time:05:59
Type:Silhouette image of generic cv88 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Convair CV-880-22M-21
Owner/operator:Cathay Pacific Airways
Registration: VR-HFZ
MSN: 22-7-1-53
Year of manufacture:1961
Total airframe hrs:29434 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 81 / Occupants: 81
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:55 km SE of Pleiku -   Vietnam
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD)
Destination airport:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
Cathay Pacific Flight CX 700Z took off from Bangkok (BKK) at 04:55 UTC bound for Hong Kong (HKG). The flight proceeded normally along airway Green 67 at a cruise altitude of FL290, maintaining routine radio contact first with Bangkok ACC and from 05:42 with Saigon ACC. At 05:59 a high explosive device detonated within the passenger cabin centre section area. Some passengers' seats were ejected through a hole in the fuselage. Portions of the fuselage and possibly some seats struck the vertical and horizontal stabilizers, causing severe damage. Simultaneously the floor of the cabin, centre fuselage section, and starboard wing root were disrupted. The CV-880 lost control, entered a high-speed descent and broke up. The aircraft crashed in a jungle area, lightly wooded with small trees.
It appeared that the explosive device was hidden in a suitcase under a passenger seat on the right side near the wing. A police officer whose fiancée and daughter were aboard was charged with the crime.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft broke up in the air and caught fire following the detonation of a high explosive device within the passenger cabin."

Sources:

Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA
ICAO Accident Digest Circular 118-AN/88 (122-130)

Statistics

  • 13th worst accident in 1972
  • worst accident of this aircraft type
  • worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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photo (c) Shane O'Neil; Singapore-Paya Lebar Air Base (QPG/WSAP); 10 January 1972

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