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Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Monday 15 April 1985
Time:ca 23:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2P5
Operator:Thai Airways
Registration: HS-TBB
C/n / msn: 21810/604
First flight: 1979-09-24 (5 years 7 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:18 km (11.3 mls) from Phuket International Airport (HKT) (   Thailand)
Crash site elevation: 244 m (801 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand
Destination airport:Phuket International Airport (HKT/VTSP), Thailand
Narrative:
Four minutes after receiving clearance to descend to 3000 feet, the pilot reported he wasn't receiving the DME signal. At 23:24 Phuket ATC asked if the crew preferred a VOR approach to runway 09 instead of a visual runway 27 approach. The approach to runway 27 was continued, until the crew radioed that they had lost both engines, while passing 3400 feet and that they nearly hit a mountain. The aircraft eventually crashed into a mountain at 800 feet.

Sources:
» Ottawa Citizen - Apr 16, 1985


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Distance from Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport to Phuket International Airport as the crow flies is 688 km (430 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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