Event Details

Title:Explosion in-flight, Trans World Airlines, Inc., Boeing 707-331B, N8734, in The Ionian Sea, September 8, 1974
Micro summary:This Boeing 707-331B exploded when in cruise over the Ionian Sea.
Event Time:1974-09-08 at 0940 GMT
File Name:1974-09-08-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB-AAR-75-7
Site of event:Cruise, FL280, Pinger located N3818.1' E01915'
Departure:Athens Hellenikon, Athens, Greece
Destination:Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport (Fiumicino), Fiumicino, Italy
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 707-331B
Flight Phase:Cruise
Operator(s):Trans World Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:At 0940 Greenwich mean time, September 8, 1974, Trans World Airlines, Inc. , Flight 841, crashed into the Ionian Sea about 50 nmi west of Cephalonia, Greece. There were 79 passengers and 9 crewmembers on board; no one survived. The aircraft was destroyed.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the detonation of an explosive device within the aft cargo compartment of the aircraft which rendered the aircraft uncontrollable.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Terrorism/Violence
Consequence - Damage - Airframe or fuselage
Consequence - Hull Loss


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