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1987 November 28 - South African Airways Flight 295

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1987 November 28 - South African Airways Flight 295

Post by planeanxiety » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:27 pm

South African Airways Flight 295 was a commercial flight from Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan to Jan Smuts International Aiport, Johannesburg, South Africa, with a stopover in Plaisance Airport, Plaine Magnien, Mauritius. On 28 November 1987, the aircraft serving the flight, a Boeing 747 Combi named Helderberg, experienced a catastrophic in-flight fire in the cargo area, broke-up in mid-air, and crashed into the Indian Ocean east of Mauritius, killing all 159 people on board.[2][3] An extensive salvage operation was mounted to try to recover the black box recorders, one of which was recovered from a depth of 4,900 metres (16,100 ft).

The official inquiry, headed by Judge Cecil Margo, was unable to determine the cause of the fire. This lack of a conclusion led to conspiracy theories being advanced in the years following the accident.


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