Thai Airways International Flight 114
|Date||3 March 2001|
|Summary||Fuel tank explosion, assassination attempt|
|Site||Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok, Thailand|
|Aircraft type||Boeing 737-4D7|
|Operator||Thai Airways International|
|Flight origin||Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok, Thailand|
|Destination||Chiang Mai International Airport, Chiang Mai, Thailand|
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.
The passenger manifest included many government VIPs including Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his son, Panthongtae Shinawatra. No passengers had yet boarded the plane at the time of the explosion.
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.
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