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Last updated: 23 October 2021
Status:- (No safety board investigation)
Date:Sunday 11 December 1994
Time:ca 11:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-283B
Operator:Philippine Air Lines
Registration: EI-BWF
MSN: 21575/358
First flight: 1979-02-17 (15 years 10 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 273
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 293
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:near Minami-Daito Island (   Japan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cebu Airport (CEB/RPVM), Philippines
Destination airport:Tokyo-Narita Airport (NRT/RJAA), Japan
Flightnumber: 434
Philippine Air Lines flight PR434 departed Manila, Philippines on a service to Tokyo, Japan with an en route stop at Cebu, Philippines.
One of the passengers on the first leg was Ramzi Yousef, who was using a fake name. After the plane was airborne, he went into the lavatory with his dopp kit and took off his shoes to get out batteries, wiring, and spark source hidden in the heel. He removed an altered Casio digital watch from his wrist to be used as a timer, unpacked the remaining materials from his dopp kit, and assembled a bomb. He set the timer for four hours later, which was approximately the time at which the plane would be far out over the ocean en route to Tokyo, put the entire bomb back into his dopp kit, and returned to his current seat. He managed to hide the bomb in the life vest pocket under seat 26K, a window seat on the right hand side of the plane.
He deplaned after landing at Cebu and seat 26K was occupied by a Japanese passenger. The flight departed Cebu with a 38-minute delay. While en route the bomb exploded, killing the passenger seated there and injuring some ten other passengers nearby.
The blast blew a hole in the floor, severing several control cables in the ceiling.
A successful emergency landing at Okinawa was made at 12:45.

Ramzi Yousef was arrested in January 1995. It is alleged that he placed the device as a test for other planned airplane bombings.

Forced landing on runway

» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1994 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


photo of Boeing-747-283B-EI-BWF
accident date: 11-12-1994
type: Boeing 747-283B
registration: EI-BWF

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 Cebu Airport to Tokyo-Narita Airport as the crow flies is 3262 km (2039 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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