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Last updated: 26 October 2021
Date:Thursday 24 June 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-236B
Operator:British Airways
Registration: G-BDXH
MSN: 21635/365
First flight: 1979-03-19 (3 years 3 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 247
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 262
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:240 km (150 mls) SE of Jakarta (   Indonesia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/WMKK), Malaysia
Destination airport:Perth Airport, WA (PER/YPPH), Australia
Flightnumber: 009
Cruising at FL370 the aircraft entered a cloud of volcanic dust (Mount Galunggung had erupted). The crew noticed St. Elmo's fire and smoke and dust were present in the cabin. All four engines failed and the aircraft started to descend. The crew managed to restart engine no. 4 at FL130 and restarted the other engines in succession. Because engine no. 2 continually surged, a 3-engined emergency landing was carried out at Jakarta.

Ash cloud
Forced landing on runway


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Distance from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Perth Airport, WA as the crow flies is 4120 km (2575 miles).

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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