Thai Airways Flight 231

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Thai Airways Flight 231
Thai Airways Hawker Siddeley HS-748 Green-2.jpg
The aircraft involved in the accident at Chiang Mai Airport in 1976.
Accident summary
Date 27 April 1980
Summary Pilot error in thunderstorm
Site 15 km north east of Bangkok, Thailand
Passengers 49
Crew 4
Fatalities 44
Injuries (non-fatal) 9
Survivors 9
Aircraft type Hawker Siddeley HS 748
Operator Thai Airways
Registration HS-THB
Flight origin Khon Kaen Airport, Thailand
Destination Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand

Thai Airways Flight 231 crashed on 27 April 1980. The Hawker Siddeley HS 748, registration HS-THB, stalled and crashed after entering a thunderstorm on approach to Bangkok. The accident killed 44 out of 53 passengers and crew on board Flight 231.

Accident[edit]

The flight took off from Khon Kaen Airport headed to Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. After about 40 minutes Flight 231 was on approach to the airport and planned to land on runway 21R. It entered an area of rain which turned out to be a severe thunderstorm at 1500 feet. About a minute after entering the storm a downdraft struck the plane which caused the nose to go up and the plane to stall. The aircraft then went into a nose dive which the pilot tried to pull the aircraft out of. The Hawker then slightly banked to the right and was almost out of the dive when the aircraft crashed into the ground. The wreck of Hawker Siddeley HS 748 then slid for 510 feet and broke up at 06:55. The accident killed 44 of the passengers and crew, 9 people were injured in the crash.

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