Air France Flight 212 (1969)

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Air France Flight 212
Boeing 707-328, Air France AN1389581.jpg
An Air France Boeing 707-320, similar to the one involved.
Date December 3, 1969
Summary Loss of control
Site near Caracas, Venezuela
Aircraft type Boeing 707-328B
Operator Air France
Registration F-BHSZ
Flight origin Caracas International Airport
Destination Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport
Passengers 41
Crew 21
Fatalities 62 (all)
Injuries 0
Survivors 0

Air France Flight 212 was a flight on a Boeing 707, registration F-BHSZ, on 3 December 1969. Flight 212, which originated in Santiago International Airport, was flying to Paris (France) via Lima (Peru), Guayaquil (Ecuador), Bogota (Colombia), Caracas (Venezuela), Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) and Lisbon (Portugal).[1]

One minute after takeoff from Caracas at approximately 3,000 feet (910 m),[note 1] the aircraft dived into the sea in about 160 feet of water.[1][2]

None of the 62 people on board survived.[3]


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


  1. ^ a b ASN n.d.
  2. ^ AP 1969.
  3. ^ CAA 1974, p. 23/69.


Coordinates: 10°36′00″N 66°57′00″W / 10.6000°N 66.9500°W / 10.6000; -66.9500