Airplane Crash - Off Great Natuna Island, Sarawak 04/11/1955

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Off Great Natuna Island, Sarawak


Date04/11/1955
Time17:30
LocationOff Great Natuna Island, Sarawak
OperatorAir India
RouteHong Kong - Jakarta
TypeLockheed 749A Constellation
RegistrationVT-DEP
Cn/In2666
Aboard19
Fatalities19
Ground0
SummaryAn explosion occurred at 18,000 feet while over the China Sea. A resulting fire which started on the starboard wing soon spread and eventually led to total hydrauliand electrical failure. Smoke filled the cockpit and the plane crashed. An act of political terrorism. An aircraft worker placed an incendiary device in the starboard wheel well.

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