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Last updated: 17 October 2021
Fecha:lunes 26 noviembre 1979
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-340C
Operador:Pakistan International Airlines - PIA
Registración: AP-AWZ
Numéro de série: 20275/844
Año de Construcción: 1970-07-30 (9 years 4 months)
Horas Totales de la Célula:30710
Motores: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 11 / Ocupantes: 11
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 145 / Ocupantes: 145
Total:Fatalidades: 156 / Ocupantes: 156
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:48 km (30 milles) N of Taif (   Arabia Saudita)
Elevación del lugar del accidente: 915 m (3002 feet) amsl
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Jeddah International Airport (JED/OEJD), Arabia Saudita
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistán
Número de Vuelo:PK740
Flight PK740 departed Jeddah at 01:29 for a flight to Karachi. The aircraft was climbing to FL370 when, at 01:47, a stewardess reported a fire near the aft cabin passenger door. The crew started a descent from FL300 and were cleared to descend to 4000 feet. Following a mayday call at 02:03 nothing more was heard from the flight. The aircraft crashed in a level rocky area at an elevation of 3000 feet and burst into flames.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An in-flight fire in the cabin area which, through its intensity and rapid extension, resulted in panic among the passengers and smoke in the cockpit, eventually incapacitating the flight crew. The cause of the cabin fire was not determined."
It was considered that the origin of the cabin fire could have been a leaking gasoline or kerosene stove, carried aboard by Haj pilgrim passengers. Pressure differential could have caused a poorly sealed gasket to leak fuel.
A second possibility is an electrical fire, but the rapid extension of the fire was considered difficult to explain because of the electrical circuit protection devices of the Boeing 707. Sabotage was considered as another possibility, but no evidence of use of an incendiary device was found.


photo of Boeing-707-340C-AP-AWZ
accident date: 26-11-1979
type: Boeing 707-340C
registration: AP-AWZ

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 Jeddah International Airport to Karachi International Airport as the crow flies is 2859 km (1787 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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