ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 707-331C OD-AGT Tokyo-Narita Airport (NRT)
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Date:Friday 23 October 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-331C
Operator:Trans Mediterranean Airways - TMA
Registration: OD-AGT
MSN: 19213/613
First flight: 1967
Total airframe hrs:37873
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tokyo-Narita Airport (NRT) (   Japan)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Tokyo-Narita Airport (NRT/RJAA), Japan
Destination airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand
Flightnumber: 332
TMA Flight 332, operated by a Boeing 707-300C, departed Tokyo-Narita at 22:30 hours local time on October 22, 1981.
En route the No. 3 engine experienced problems (no. 6 carbon seal was worn, causing loss of lubrication oil) forcing the crew to return to Tokyo.
The aircraft landed 1700 m past the threshold of runway 16 and bounced. After applying reverse thrust on engines 1,2 and 4, the aircraft ran off the side of the runway and hit a manhole, causing the nosegear to collapse.
Unfavourable weather conditions were caused by a typhoon, which passed 160 km South of Tokyo. Other factors included the selection of the wrong runway relative to wind conditions, failure to go around after passing over the threshold at 500 feet AGL; and misunderstanding of instructions.
wx: wind 210-350deg./11-34 knots, visibility 2200 m RVR 900 m, heavy shower with fog.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: AAIC Japan
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 8 months
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report


photo of Boeing-707-331C-OD-AGT
accident date: 23-10-1981
type: Boeing 707-331C
registration: OD-AGT

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 Tokyo-Narita Airport to Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport as the crow flies is 4614 km (2884 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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