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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 2 September 1977
Time:08:38
Type:Silhouette image of generic CL44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-44D4-2
Operator:Transmeridian Air Cargo
Registration: G-ATZH
C/n / msn: 21
First flight: 1961-05-17 (16 years 4 months)
Total airframe hrs:29376
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Tyne 515-12
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) ENE off Waglan Island (   Hong Kong)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong
Destination airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand
Flightnumber:3751
Narrative:
The no. 4 engine failed shortly after takeoff. The prop was feathered, but a fire developed and the aircraft was seen to crash into the sea on fire, 8 minutes after takeoff.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A loss of control following in-flight separation of the right-hand outboard wing section and the no.4 engine. These failures followed a no.4 engine failure, an internal engine fire and a fire in the aircraft fuel system eventually resulting in a massive external fire."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AIB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: AAR 8/1980
Download report: Final report

Classification:

Wing failure
Loss of control

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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 Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport to Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport as the crow flies is 1702 km (1064 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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