Air France Flight 212 (1969)
An Air France Boeing 707-320, similar to the one involved.
|Date||December 3, 1969|
|Summary||Loss of control due to engine failure|
|Site||near Caracas, Venezuela|
|Aircraft type||Boeing 707-328B|
|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. None of the 62 people on board survived. Those killed included the Swedish businessman Folke Claeson, cofounder of Stockholm International Fairs, and his wife.
- Some early newspaper reports incorrectly stated the altitude as 33,000 feet (10,000 m).
- Air France craft lost at Caracas
- Civil Aviation Authority 1974, p. 23/69
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