MaxAvSafety (History); GULF AIR 771, 9/23/83, Sabotage/Cargo Hold Bomb, 20th worst Strike Loss of all times!


MaxSez: This is a continuation of the Saturday Series “Worst Aircraft Accidents” of all times on this date. Gulf Air Flt 771, loss listed as “Sabotage” (Bomb on board). The perpetrator has never been definitely identified:

Date: Friday 23 September 1983
Time: ca 15:30
Type: Photo of generic B732, specific modelmay look slightly different
Boeing 737-2P6
Operator: Gulf Air
Registration: A4O-BK
C/n / msn: 21734/566
First flight: 1979-04-04 (4 years 6 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers: Fatalities: 107 / Occupants: 107
Total: Fatalities: 112 / Occupants: 112
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Mino Jebel Ali ( United Arab Emirates)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature: International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan
Destination airport: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH/OMAA), United Arab Emirates
Flightnumber: 771
The aircraft crashed after the crew had issued a brief distress message. It appeared that a bomb had exploded in the cargo compartment, causing a violent fire.
Loss of control
(Source: AvSafe. Photo: Public Domaine)


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