Accident Boeing 737-3Q8 5W-ILF, Tuesday 13 September 1994
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Date:Tuesday 13 September 1994
Time:06:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B733 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-3Q8
Owner/operator:Polynesian Airlines
Registration: 5W-ILF
MSN: 26282/2355
Year of manufacture:1992
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 73
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Faleolo International Airport, Upolu -   Samoa
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Destination airport:Apia, Samoa
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Operating flight PH844 between Tonga and Samoa, on approach to Faleolo the crew realised the starboard main undercarriage would not lower. On inspection, the body of a young male stow away was found to be jamming the starboard undercarriage.
The aircraft made an emergency landing at Faleolo using only the nosewheel and port umdercarriage. There was minimal damage to the aircraft, and all 72 passengers and crew were unhurt in the incident. Police later recovered the body of the dead stow away.

The Camberra Times 15 Sep 1994 sourced from

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

3 December 1996 5W-ILF Polynesian Airlines 0 Faleolo International Airport, Upolu sub
Runway excursion
15 January 2014 VP-CKY Cayman Airways 0 Grand Cayman Island-Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM/MWCR) non

Revision history:

23-May-2018 03:53 Ron Averes Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
23-May-2018 03:56 Ron Averes Updated [Narrative]
26-Nov-2021 00:24 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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