Vietnam Airlines Flight 831

Vietnam Airlines Flight 831, a Tupolev Tu-134, crashed in a rice field near Semafahkarm Village, Tambon Khu Khot, Amphoe Lam Luk Ka, Pathum Thani, Thailand while operating a flight from Hanoi to Bangkok in 9 September 1988. The cause of the accident is undetermined, however the pilots reported the aircraft may have been struck by lightning.[1] Three crew and 73 passengers died in the accident. This accident was the second deadliest accident at the time in Thailand, and is currently the fifth deadliest.[2]

Vietnam Airlines Flight 831
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VN-A120, a Tupolev Tu-134 similar to the aircraft involved. This specific aircraft was involved in the Vietnam Airlines Flight 815 accident in 1997.
Accident
Date9 September 1988
SummaryControlled flight into terrain, reported lightning strike of aircraft
SiteNear Semafahkarm Village, Tambon Khu Khot, Amphoe Lam Luk Ka, Pathum Thani, Thailand
13°57′49″N 100°38′36″E / 13.963653°N 100.643324°E / 13.963653; 100.643324Coordinates: 13°57′49″N 100°38′36″E / 13.963653°N 100.643324°E / 13.963653; 100.643324
Aircraft
Aircraft typeTupolev Tu-134
OperatorVietnam Airlines
RegistrationVN-A102
Flight originHanoi International Airport
DestinationDon Mueang International Airport
Occupants90
Passengers84
Crew6
Fatalities76
Survivors14

AccidentEdit

While still flying above the outer marker, the aircraft descended below the minimum safe altitude and crashed into the ground. The aircraft exploded on impact with debris spread over 500 metres (1,600 ft).[2]

Notable PassengerEdit

Among the dead was Vietnamese Minister of Public Health Đặng Hồi Xuân.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lodi News-Sentinel - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  2. ^ a b Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev Tu-134A VN-A102 Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  3. ^ Indochina Chronology, Volume 7, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 1988, p. 7