Thai Airways International Flight 114

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Thai Airways International Flight 114
Thai Airways International Boeing 737-400; HS-TDG@BKK;30.07.2011 613cw (6042376508).jpg
A Thai Boeing 737-400 similar to the aircraft involved in the incident.
Accident
Date3 March 2001 (2001-03-03)
SummaryFuel tank explosion, assassination attempt
SiteDon Mueang Airport, Bangkok, Thailand
Aircraft typeBoeing 737-4D7
Aircraft nameNarathiwat
OperatorThai Airways International
IATA flight No.TG114
ICAO flight No.THA114
Call signTHAI 114
RegistrationHS-TDC
Flight originDon Mueang Airport, Bangkok, Thailand
DestinationChiang Mai International Airport, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Crew8
Fatalities1
Injuries6
Survivors7

Thai Airways International Flight 114, a Thai Airways International Boeing 737-400 bound for Chiang Mai from Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, was destroyed by an explosion of the center wing tank resulting from ignition of the flammable fuel/air mixture in the tank while the aircraft was parked prior to boarding on the ground on 3 March 2001. Officially, the source of the ignition energy for the explosion could not be determined with certainty, but the most likely source was an explosion originating at the center wing tank pump as a result of running the pump in the presence of metal shavings and a fuel/air mixture. One flight attendant died.[1]

The passenger manifest included many government VIPs, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his son, Panthongtae. No passengers had yet boarded the plane; only a few staff members were on board at the time of the explosion.

Assassination theory[edit]

Some surmise that this was a failed assassination attempt, as the explosion occurred before engine start, and originated under the seats which were to be occupied by the prime minister. Traces of Semtex, TNT, white phosphorus, PETN, and RDX were found in the wreckage.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-4D7 HS-TDC Bangkok International Airport (BKK)." Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 14 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Thai Prime Minister Assassination Target in Plane Fire". Reocities. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 21 December 2012.

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