Air France Flight 212 (1969)

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Not to be confused with Air France Flight 212 (1968).
Air France Flight 212
Boeing 707-328, Air France AN1389581.jpg
An Air France Boeing 707-320, similar to the one involved.
Occurrence summary
Date December 3, 1969
Summary Loss of control due to engine failure
Site near Caracas, Venezuela
Passengers 41
Crew 21
Injuries (non-fatal) 0
Fatalities 62 (all)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Boeing 707-328B
Operator Air France
Registration F-BHSZ
Flight origin Caracas International Airport
Destination Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport

Air France Flight 212 was a flight on a Boeing 707, registration F-BHSZ, that took off from Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport on December 3, 1969. Flight 212, which originated in Santiago International Airport, was flying to Paris, France via Caracas, Venezuela, Pointe-à-Pitre on the island of Grande-Terre in Guadeloupe, and Lisbon, Portugal.

Three minutes after takeoff from Caracas at approximately 3,000 feet (910 m), the nose dropped.[note 1] The aircraft then dived into the sea in about 160 feet of water.[1][2] None of the 62 people on board survived.[2] Those killed included the Swedish businessman Folke Claeson, cofounder of Stockholm International Fairs, and his wife.


  1. ^ Some early newspaper reports incorrectly stated the altitude as 33,000 feet (10,000 m).


  1. ^ Air France craft lost at Caracas
  2. ^ a b Civil Aviation Authority 1974, p. 23/69

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