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Date:Thursday 24 January 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild FH-227B
Operator:Tatmadaw Lei (Burmese Air Force)
Registration: 5002
MSN: 545
First flight: 1967
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 44
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Mandalay-Annisaton Airport (MDL) (   Myanmar)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Mandalay-Annisaton Airport (MDL/VYMD), Myanmar
Destination airport:Yangon-Mingaladon Airport (RGN/VYYY), Myanmar
A Fairchild FH-227B turboprop plane, operated by the Burmese Air Force, was destroyed when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Mandalay-Annisaton Airport (MDL), Burma. One passenger survived the accident, 43 people died. Officials in Burma told reporters that an engine had failed shortly after takeoff. The airplane struck the roof of a tobacco factory and crashed. A watchman of the factory was injured.

» Flight International 03 January 1981 (27)
» Spider nr.20 (okt. 1996), p.7
» The Palm Beach Post - Jan 26, 1980


photo of Fairchild-FH-227B-N705U
accident date: 24-01-1980
type: Fairchild FH-227B
registration: N705U

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 Mandalay-Annisaton Airport to Yangon-Mingaladon Airport as the crow flies is 530 km (331 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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