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Last updated: 20 September 2018
Date:Saturday 17 February 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-321C
Operator:Trans Mediterranean Airways - TMA
Registration: OD-AGO
C/n / msn: 19269/570
First flight: 1967-04-10 (11 years 11 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Taoyuan (   China)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand
Destination airport:Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (TPE/RCTP), Taiwan
A TMA Boeing 707 cargo plane sustained substantial damage in a mid-air collision with a Northrop F-5 fighter plane operated by the Republic of China Air Force.
The F-5 ripped off part of the Boeing's vertical stabilizer, causing the structure to lift, and the rear pressure bulkhead to fail. The freighter landed safely, but the F-5 crashed. The collision occurred at FL115.

» Flight International 10.3.1979


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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 Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport to Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport as the crow flies is 2474 km (1546 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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