ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 727-121C XV-NJC Bangkok
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Date:Wednesday 5 September 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-121C
Operator:Air Vietnam
Registration: XV-NJC
MSN: 19819/516
First flight: 1968-01-04 (5 years 8 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 48
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:near Bangkok (   Thailand)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand
Destination airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
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.

Classification:
Forced landing on runway

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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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport to Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport as the crow flies is 737 km (461 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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