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Date:Wednesday 15 March 2000
Time:ca 23:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-322
Operator:Malaysia Airlines
Registration: 9M-MKB
MSN: 068
First flight: 1995
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney PW4168
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 252
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 266
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) (   Malaysia)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Beijing-Capital International Airport (PEK/ZBAA), China
Destination airport:Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/WMKK), Malaysia
After arrival from a flight from Beijing, baggage handlers were unloading 80 canisters weighing 2,000 kg when they were hit by the strong toxic fumes. Five ground handlers became ill while unloading the canisters.
A check by airport fire and rescue personnel revealed the canisters contained a chemical called oxalyl chloride. Several canisters had leaked, causing severe damage to the aircraft fuselage. The aircraft was considered damaged beyond repair.
After a five-year lawsuit a Beijing court ordered Dalian, a Chinese state-run company, to pay USD65 million in compensation, plus interest, for destroying the Airbus A330 with falsely declared cargo with corrosive chemicals. The company had mis-identified the canisters as being a safe powder-type chemical.


Damaged on the ground

» Daily Express
» Chinese chemical firm ordered to pay insurers $65mln in plane damage case (People's Daily Online, 6-12-2007)


photo of Airbus-A330-322-9M-MKB
accident date: 15-03-2000
type: Airbus A330-322
registration: 9M-MKB

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 Beijing-Capital International Airport to Kuala Lumpur International Airport as the crow flies is 4383 km (2740 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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