B707/720 Accident Score 1959-2011



Saha Airlines Boeing 707 landing at Tehran-Mehrabad in 2011. Saha Airlines is the last commercial operator of the 707.

Date Place Carrier Equipment Phase/


15/8/1959 Calverton, New York, United States American Airlines 707-123 (N7514A) Training flight;

5 killed



Northeast of Arlington, Washington Braniff International Airways 707-227 Training flight;

4 killed

4 survived

28/1/1961 Montauk, New York, United States American Airlines 707-123 (N7502A)  Crashed after an unexplained loss of control while on a training flight, six killed.
15/2/1961 Brussels Airport, Belgium Sabena; Flight 548 707-320 On Approach;73 killed, including the United States Figure Skating team
27/7/1961 Hamburg, West Germany Air France 707-328 (F-BHSA) Crashed when take off was aborted, no fatalities; the cause was not determined.
3/8/1961 Hijacked from Los Angeles Continental Airlines Flight 54   Two men demanded to be taken to Cuba. The plane would be destroyed in a suicide bombing the following year.
4/12/1961 Eberstein, West Germany Lufthansa 720-030B (D-ABOK)  After an unexplained nose-dive while on a training flight, three killed.
1/31962 Idlewild Airport (now JFK) American Airlines, Flight 1 707-123B Crashed into Jamaica Bay after taking off for Los Angeles;95 killed (all)
22/5/1962 While en route from Chicago, Illinois, to Kansas City, Missouri Continental Airlines, Flight 11 707-124 Destroyed by a bomb; all killed including the suicide bomber, Thomas Doty.
 3/6/1962 Orly Airport, Paris, France Air France, Flight 007 707-328 (F-BHSM) Takeoff; 130 killed; 2 stewardess survivors
22/6/1962 Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Air France, Flight 117 707-328 (F-BHST) Crashed into a hill while attempting to land; 113 killed (all)
27/11/1962 Rio de Janeiro-Galeão to Lima Varig, Flight 810 707-441


During overshoot on advice of control tower because of a high approach. A second approach resulted in crashing into La Cruz peak, 8 miles away from Lima Airport. Possible cause: misinterpretation of navigation instruments. 97 killed (all)
12/2/1963 Near Miami, Florida, United States. Northwest Airlines 720-051B (N724US)  Crashed in the Everglades after breaking up in severe turbulence, 43 killed.
8/12/1963  Outside Elkton, Maryland, United States Pan Am, Flight 214 707-121(N709PA) During a severe electrical storm, while on final leg of a San Juan–Baltimore– Philadelphia flight; 81 killed
7/4/1964 JFK, New-York, United States Pan Am, 707-121 (N709PA) Damaged beyond repair after overrunning the runway
 15/7/1964 Near Ansbach, West Germany Lufthansa 720-023B (D-ABOP) Crashed after losing control and breaking up while on a training flight, three killed.
 23/11/1964 Fiumicino, Rome, Italy. Trans World Airlines 707-331 (N769TW) Hit a roller during takeoff abort; 48 after a thrust reverser malfunctioned killed
20/5/1965 Near Cairo, Egypt. Pakistan International Airlines 720-040B Crashed during a night visual approach
28/6/1965 San Francisco International Airport Pan Am Flight 843 707-321B Suffered an uncontained engine failure on take-off. Despite the loss of part of a wing, a successful emergency landing was made at Travis Air Force Base. All 153 people on board survived uninjured.


1/7/1965 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Continental Air Lines 707-124 (N70773), Overran the runway and crashed
 21/8/1965 Beirut, Lebanon. Middle East Airlines 720-047B Damaged beyond repair by shelling
 17/9/1965 Island of Montserrat Pan Am, Flight 292 707-121B Crashed into the side of a mountain in a storm (CFIT), 30 killed (all)
24/1/1966 French Alps Air India, Flight 101 707-437, Crashed into Glacier des Bossons on the SW face of Mont Blanc (CFIT); 106 killed (all)
 5/3/1966 Mount Fuji BOAC, Flight 911 707-436 En route from Tokyo to Hong Kong, encountered clear air turbulence close to Mount Fuji; the sudden violent gusting caused the vertical stabilizer to detach from the aircraft, following which the aircraft entered an uncontrolled dive. The 707 progressively broke up as a result of aerodynamic over-stressing of the airframe, and then struck the ground near the foot of the mountain. All killed
6/11/1967 Covington, Kentucky, United States Trans World Airlines 707-131 Aborted takeoff, damaged beyond repair; one fatality.
9/1/1968 Beirut, Lebanon Ethiopian Airlines 720-060B (ET-AAG), Landed nose gear-first; the nose gear folded back and a small fire developed but was extinguished; the aircraft burned out 30 minutes later when the fire restarted; no casualties. The aircraft was operating for Ethiopian Airlines.
7/2/1968 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Canadian Pacific Airlines 707-138B Aircraft hit airport buildings when it failed to stop after landing, 2 killed.
5/3/1968 Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadaloupe. Air France, Flight 212 707-328 Crashed. 62 killed (all)
8/4/1968 Heathrow Airport, London BOAC, Flight 712 707-465 Engine failure on takeoff followed by an engine fire. The plane made an emergency landing back at the airport, but an explosion in the left wing caused the plane to catch fire. 4 killed (passengers + flight attendant), 122 survivors.
 20/4/1968 Windhoek, Namibia South African Airways Flight 228 707 Crashed shortly after takeoff. The crew used a flap retraction sequence from the 707-B series on newly-delivered 707-C, which retracted the flaps in larger increments for that stage of the flight, leading to a loss of lift at 600 ft (180 m) above ground level. The inquiry blamed the crew for not observing their flight instruments when they had no visual reference.
 12/6/1968 Calcutta, India Pan Am 707-321 (N798PA) Crashed at Calcutta, India due to crew and instrument errors, six killed
13/7/1968 Lagos, Nigeria Sabena 707-329 (OO-SJK) After an unexplained descent, seven killed.
23/7/1968   El Al Flight 426   Hijacked by three men of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
7/9/1968 Rio de Janeiro-Galeao, Brazil Varig 707-341 (PP-VJR) Destroyed in a hangar fire, no casualties


Out of Paris Olympic Airways   Flight was hijacked by two Italian men, who carried a handgun and a grenade. The hijackers forced the crew to hand out pamphlets to the crew. The hijackers claimed to be members of the International Command for Greece. The two men later surrendered
 24/11/1968  .


JFK International Airport, New York City. Pan Am Flight 281   Hijacked by four men after take off. The plane was diverted to Cuba.
12/12 1968 Caracas, Venezuela Pan Am, Flight 217 707-321B Crashed in the Caribbean Sea, city lights may have caused an optical illusion affecting the pilots. 51 killed (all)
 28/12/1968 Beirut, Lebanon. Middle East Airlines 707-3B4C (OD-AFC) Destroyed by fire. The aircraft was one of 14 (a 707, DC-6, C-54, Vickers VC.10, Vickers Viscount 720, two DC-7’s, two Convair 990’s, two Sud Caravelles, and three de Havilland Comets) destroyed in a raid by Israeli forces
17/6/1969   TWA Flight 154   Hijacked by William Lee Brent, who diverted the plane to Cuba. He died in Cuba in 2006
28/7/1969 Pomona, New Jersey, United States. Trans World Airlines Flight 5787 707-331 (N787TW), Crashed due to loss of control after the hydraulic system was shut off, five killed.
29/8/1969   TWA Flight 840   Hijacked by two PFLP members, Leila Khaled and Salim Issawai. There were no casualties though the plane was damaged and two passengers were held hostage for a month.
8/10/1969   Aerolineas Argentinas   Hijacked shortly before arriving in Santiago, Chile. The hijacker diverted to plane to Cuba. After the hijacker deboarded, the plane flew to Miami.


31/10/1969 Los Angeles to San Francisco TWA Flight 85   Hijacked by 19-year-old US Marine Raffaele Minichiello. All passengers, including the band Harper’s Bizarre, and three stewardesses were released in Denver. The hijacker, three pilots and a stewardess continued on to JFK airport in New York, where two pilots were added for the overseas flight. The plane refueled in Bangor, Maine and Shannon, Ireland, before continuing to Rome, Italy. In Rome, Minichiello took the chief of the airport police as a hostage and departed in a car, from which he slipped away, but was caught shortly thereafter. Minichiello intended to visit his dying father in Italy. Italy did not extradite Minichiello and he served only 18 months in jail. Covering 6900 miles, this was the longest hijacking in history.


4/11/1969   Varig Flight 911   Hijacked by six men who demanded to be taken to Cuba
29/11/1969   Varig 827   A hijacker demanded to be taken to Cuba
1/12/1969   Pan Am 812 707-321 (N892PA) Crashed at takeoff from Sydney, Australia following a bird strike in the #2 engine and collapse of the nose gear. No fatalities. The aircraft was repaired and put back in service two months later. This plane would be destroyed in an accident 41 years later while serving as a tanker
2/12/1969   TWA Flight 54   Hijacked by a man demanding to be taken to Cuba
 4/12/1969 Caracas, Venezuela Air France, Flight 212 707 Crashed shortly after takeoff; 62 killed (all)
12/12/1969   Ethiopian Airlines   Hijacked by two Yemenis. The first Yemeni entered the cockpit with a pistol and demanded the plane be diverted to Aden. The pilot told the hijacker that the plane needed to refuel in Rome, but the plane wasn’t allowed to land in Rome. Shortly, a security guard shot and killed the hijacker and his knife-wielding accomplice.


22/4//1970 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. Trans World Airlines 707-131 Destroyed by fire
 6/9/1970 Dawson’s Field, Jordan Trans World Airlines,

Flight 741

707 Hijacked by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine along with four others as a part of the Dawson’s Field hijackings.
 12/9/1970 el Khana, Jordan. Trans World Airlines 707-331 Damaged beyond repair
15/9/1970   Trans World Airlines   Flying over Salinas was hijacked by a man with a gun and demanded to be North Korea. When the plane landed in San Francisco, 35 passengers were released. A sky marshal shot and injured the hijacker
 30/11/1970 Tel Aviv, Israel. Trans World Airlines 707-373 (N790TW) Crashed on takeoff at Tel Aviv, Israel after a runway collision with an Israeli Air Force Boeing 377; both aircraft burned out, two on the ground killed.
23/1/1971 Bombay, India Air India 707-437 Damaged beyond repair. Aircraft overran on landing and was destroyed by fire.
  31/3/1971 Ontario, California, United States.  Western Air Lines Flight 366 720-047B


Crashed after control was lost during a three-engine ILS approach while on a training flight, five killed.
29/5/1971   Pan Am Flight 442   Hijacked to Cuba
2/7/1971 Acapulco-New York Braniff Flight 14 Boeing 707 Flying from Acapulco to New York with 102 passengers and a crew of eight was hijacked on approach to a refueling stop in San Antonio, Texas. The ordeal lasted 43 hours across Texas, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and ended happily in Argentina. After a refueling stop in Monterrey, the hijackers released flight attendants Jeanette Eatman Crepps, Iris Kay Williams and Anita Bankert Mayer and all of the passengers. The remaining crew of Captain Dale Bessant, Bill Wallace, Phillip Wray and flight attendants Ernestina Garcia and Margaret Susan Harris flew on to Lima. The hijackers, a U.S. Navy deserter named Robert Jackson and his Guatemalan lady friend, demanded and got a ransom of $100,000 and wanted to go to Algeria. The Bessant crew was released, one by one, and replaced by a volunteer crew of Captain Al Schroeder, Bill Mizell, Bob Williams and Navigater Ken McWhorter. Two Lima based employees, Delia Arizola and Clorinda Ontaneda volunteered to board the flight. Clorinda had been attending college classes, something she did regularly during her off days from flying. Delia had been retired 6 months but still offered her services. The 707 left for Rio and planned to refuel but the hijacker forced them on to Buenos Aires. The long flight and fatigue took its toll and the hijackers gave up. It was a record for long distance hijacking, over 7,500 miles.


25/7/1971 Manila, Philippines. Pan Am Flight 6005 707-321C (N461PA) Crashed due to poor CRM and a premature descent, four killed
15/12/1971 Urumchi, Sinkiang Province, China. Pakistan International Airlines 707-340 Undershot runway during night landing on an NDB approach; no fatalities
24/12/1971   Northwest Airlines Flight 734    The hijacker demanded a ransom
26/12/1971   American Airlines Flight 47   Hijacked
29/1/1972 Los Angeles to New York, TWA Flight 2,   Hijacked by con man and bank robber Garrett Trapnell while over Chicago. Trapnell demanded $306,800 in cash (to recoup the loss of a recent court case), the release of Angela Davis (as well as that of a friend of his who was also imprisoned), and clemency from President Richard Nixon. The FBI was able to retake the aircraft during a crew switch at Kennedy Airport; Trapnell was shot and wounded, no one else was hurt. Trapnell’s hijacking came after a string of domestic incidents and resulted in an overhaul of flight procedures by the Nixon Administration, procedures that remained in place until the September 11, 2001 hijackings. Trapnell and unrelated hijacker Martin J. McNally (see June 23, 1972 below) attempted to escape Marion federal prison on May 24, 1978, after Trapnell’s girlfriend Barbara Ann Oswald hijacked a helicopter and ordered it to Marion but that hijacking ended when the pilot grabbed the woman’s gun and killed Oswald. On December 21, 1978 Oswald’s 17-year-old daughter Robin Oswald hijacked TWA Flight 541 in another attempt to rescue Trapnell. She surrendered after 10 hours of negotiations at the airport in Marion
8/3/1972 Las Vegas, Nevada Trans World Airlines 707-331 (N761TW) Destroyed by a bomb while parked. Earlier, someone had demanded $2,000,000 in extortion payment from TWA.
13/9/1972 San Francisco International Trans World Airlines 707-331C (N15712) Overran the runway  after the crew rejected takeoff when two landing gear tires blew, no casualties.


5/12/ 1972 Beni Sueif, Egypt. Egyptair 707-366 (SU-AOW) Crashed probably due to engine separation while on a training flight, six killed.
2/1/1973 Telford Lake, Canada Pacific Western Airlines 707-321 (CF-PWZ) Crashed; five killed, the cause was not determined as the investigation was not done in accordance with ICAO Annex 13.


22/1/1973 Kano International Airport, Nigeria Kano Nigeria Air 707-3D3C  Crashed while attempting to land; 176 of 202 passengers and crew killed. The aircraft was operating for Alia Royal Jordanian Airlines.
 9/6/1973 Rio de Janeiro-Galeão Varig Cargo 707-327C


While flying from Campinas-Viracopos to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão and making an instrument approach to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão,  had technical problems with the spoilers,  which eventually caused the aircraft to pitch down.  It descended fast, struck approach lights and ditch. 2 of 4 occupants killed
 11/7/ 1973 Orly, Community, Paris, France VARIG, Flight 820 707


On scheduled airline service from Galeão Airport, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Orly Airport, Paris, France, it made an emergency landing in a field due to smoke in the cabin. The fire, smoke and crash resulted in 123 killed, 11 survivors (10 crew, one passenger).
22/7/1973 Papeete, Tahiti Pan Am, Flight 816 707-321B Crashed shortly after takeoff; 78 killed; the cause was unknown, but an instrument failure was suspected.
 3/11/1973 Boston-Logan Pan Am, Flight 160 707-321C (N458PA) Crashed on approach. Smoke in the cockpit caused the pilots to lose control; 3 killed. Hull loss.
  17/12/1973 Rome-Fiumicino, Italy. Pan Am, 707-321 Destroyed by fire while parked after the airport terminal and aircraft were invaded by members of the Palestine Liberation Organization; the terrorists set fire to the aircraft, killing 30.
20/12/1973 New Delhi, India Lufthansa 707-330B (D-ABOT) Undershot the runway; crashed
16/1/1974 Los Angeles, California, United States. Trans World Airlines 707-131 Crashed and burned after the nosegear collapsed on touchdown, no casualties
  30/1/1974 Pago Pago, American Samoa. Pan Am 707-321B Crashed, 97 killed in American Samoa’s worst air accident.
22/4/1974 Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia Pan Am,

Flight 812

707-321B Crashed into a mountain while preparing for landing after a 4 hour 20 minutes flight from Hong Kong (CFIT); 107 killed (all).
8/9/1974 Corfu, Greece. Trans World Airlines 707-331B Was bombed off Corfu, Greece, 88 killed
13/9/ 1974 Copenhagen, Denmark Conair  

720-025 (OY-DSR)

Damaged beyond repair, no casualties; the aircraft was scrapped in 1975
June 1975   A former BOAC 707-436,


Tested to destruction by Boeing
3/8/1975 Inezgane Airport, Agadir, Morocco Chartered Royal Jordanian Airlines 707-321C Crashed into a mountain while preparing to land (CFIT). 188 killed (all). The 1975 Agadir Morocco Air Disaster has the highest death toll of any crash involving a 707.
 22/12/1975 Milan-Malpensa, Italy Trans World Airlines 707-331 (N18701), Crashed on landing, no casualties.
1/1/1976 Al Qaysumah, Saudi Arabia. Middle East Airlines 720-047 Crashed near Al Qaysumah, Saudi Arabia, 81 killed
22/4/1976 Barranquilla, Colombia United States Global 720-022 (N37777) Crashed while on approach; no casualties
27/6/ 1976 Beirut, Lebanon. Middle East Airlines 720-047 (OD-AGE) Destroyed by rocket fire and shelling while parked
2/8/ 1976 Tehran, Iran. Korean Air Lines 707-373C (HL7412), Crashed near Tehran, Iran due to crew error, five killed


Mexico City, Mexico Avianca 720-047 (HK-723) Crashed after encountering a rain squall on landing; no casualties.
 7/9/1976 Ajaccio, Corsica. Air France 707-328 (F-BHSH) Was bombed by seven masked men on the ground while parked.
 13/10/ 1976 Santa Cruz, Bolivia Lloyd Aero Boliviano 707-121 Killed 91 (of whom 88 were killed on the ground when the aircraft crashed into a practice football game).
 25/12/1976 Bangkok, Thailand. Egyptair 707-366 Crashed into an industrial complex near Bangkok, Thailand, 71 killed.
17/3/ 1977 Prestwick, Scotland, United Kingdom British Airways 707-436 (G-APFK) Crashed. Destroyed by fire following a simulated engine failure on takeoff.
May 14, 1977 Lusaka International Airport, Zambia Dan-Air, 707-321C (G-BEBP) Was on approach to land . The right horizontal stabilizer and elevator separated from the fuselage in flight and the aircraft crashed 3.6 km short of the runway. Killed 6 (all).
8/8/1977 Sana’a, Yemen Arab Republic. Pearl Air 707-430 (9Q-CRT) Damaged beyond repair at
19/11/1977 Rome-Fiumicino, Italy Ethiopian Airlines 707-360 Crashed; possible crew error, five killed.
15/2/1978 Tenerife, Canary Islands SABENA 707-329 the nosewheel collapsed after landing short of the runway, no casualties. Aircraft is destroyed by fire.
20/4/1978 Soviet Airspace Korean Air Lines

Flight 902

707 Was hit by a missile fired from a Soviet Sukhoi Su-15 interceptor after it had entered Soviet airspace. This caused a rapid decompression of the fuselage. The 707 made an emergency landing on a frozen lake near Murmansk, USSR. 2 killed from explosive decompression.
3/8/1978 Buenos-Aires, Argentina. LAN-Chile 707-351B (CC-CCX) Crew disregarded procedure, no casualties
30/1/1979, From Tokyo to Rio de Janeiro VARIG Cargo 707-323C,


Cashed while flying from Tokyo to Rio de Janeiro. Causes are unknown since the wreck was never found.
19/2/1979 St Lucia, Windward Islands Quebecair Flight 714 707-123B (C-GQBH) Slammed onto the runway due to windshear, no casualties; the aircraft was sold to Aviation Sales as N311AS and later scrapped.
1/4/1979 Entebbe Airport, Uganda. Uganda Airlines 707-321C (5X-UAL) Destroyed by Tanzanian forces while parked.


23/7/1979 Beirut, Lebanon. Trans Mediterranean Airways 707-327C (OD-AFX)  Crashed at Beirut while on a training flight, six killed.
26/7/1979 Galeão, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Lufthansa Cargo

Flight 527



From Rio de Janeiro to Frankfurt via Dakar collided with a mountain 5 minutes after take-off (CFIT).

Killed 3

19/8/1979 Bahrain. Cyprus Airways 707-123B (5B-DAM) Damaged beyond repair
11/9/1979 Taipei, Republic of China China Airlines 707-324C (B-1834) Crashed into the sea off Taipei, Republic of China while on a training flight, six killed.
26/11/1979 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Pakistan International Airlines 707-340;


Smoke & fire reported by crew at altitude after departure from Jeddah. Aircraft crashed.
30/11/1979 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabian Airlines 707-373C (HZ-ACE). Landed heavily at Jeddah; the aircraft was removed from service and used for spare parts


27/1/1980 Quito, Ecuador. AVIANCA 720-059B Damaged beyond repair
27/2/1980 Manila, Philippines China Airlines 707-209 Crashed
4/4/1980 Singapore. Biman Bangladesh 707-373;


Struck the runway after all four engines lost power just after takeoff from Paya Lebar Airport, Singapore ( pilot error was suspected); there were no casualties, but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
11/5/1980 Douala, Cameroon. SABENA 707-329 Landed hard due to windshear, causing gear collapse and wing separation. All three-crew survived, but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
30/11/1980 San Francisco, California, United States. Trans World Airlines 707-131B (N797TW) Landed with the nosegear retracted
20/12/1980 Bogota-El Dorado, Colombia. Aerotal-Colombia 707-321F (HK-2410X) Crashed and caught fire after entering rain and fog; all four on board survived.




Quetta Airport, Pakistan Pakistan International Airlines; Pk. 320 720-047B ; (AP-ATQ) Landed nose gear-up; the aircraft had minor damage


11/6/ 1981 Manaus, Brazil VARIG 707-341 Damaged beyond repair
5/7/1981 Beirut, Lebanon. Trans-Mediterranean Airways 707-324 (OD-AGW) Damaged beyond repair by a bomb
31/8/1981 Beirut, Lebanon. Middle East Airlines 720-023B (OF-AFR) Damaged beyond repair by a bomb
23/10/1981 Narita Airport, Tokyo Trans Mediterranean Airways 707-331C (OD-AGT) Ran off the runway while attempting to return to Tokyo due to engine problems; all three on board survived, but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair
16/12/1981 Miami, Florida, United States Hispaniola Airways 707-124 (HI-384HA) Crashed on landing after the right main landing gear collapsed due to fatigue; all five-crew survived, but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
26/1/1982 Damascus, Syria Alymeda Yemen Airlines 707-348 Damaged beyond repair
12/6/1982 Beirut, Lebanon. Middle East Airlines 720-023C (OD-AFP) Damaged beyond repair by shelling
16/6/1982 Beirut, Lebanon Middle East Airlines Five 707s and 720s (OD-AFU, OD-AFW, OD-AGR, OD-AGN, and OD-AFB) Damaged beyond repair by shelling
22/6/1982 Bombay, India Air India 707-437 Damaged beyond repair. Overshot runway on landing during a rainstorm, Killed.19
1/8/ 1982  Beirut, Lebanon. Middle East Airlines 720-047B (OD-AGG) Damaged beyond repair by shelling
10/9/1982 Khartoum, Sudan Sudan Airways 707-366 Ditched in River Nile
17/10/1982 Cointrin Airport; Geneva, Switzerland Egyptair 707-366C (SU-APE) Crashed
4/12/1982 Brasília, Brazil. Global International Airlines 707-323 Damaged beyond repair
1/6/1983 Beirut, Lebanon Middle East Airlines 720-023 Damaged beyond repair by shelling
25/9/1983 Accra, Ghana. RN Cargo 707-366 Destroyed by fire
Night of 13/10/1983 & 14/10/1983 Perpignan, France. Coastal Airways 707-436 Destroyed by fire
December 13/12/1983 Medellin, Colombia TAMPA-Colombia 707-373C Crashed
 1/5/1984. Málaga, Spain to Copenhagen, Denmark Conair Boeing 720-051B; OY-452


Over Biscay close to Bordeaux, the F/E notices that almost all hydraulic pressure is gone, and worse – the reservoir is next to empty. The Captain decides to take the problem at Copenhagen. The flaps had an AC-power emergency system, but for the gear down only manual cranking was at hand. The gear lever was not used as it was certain that all three doors and gears wouldn’t come down with so little hydraulic fluid left. The F/E had though only minor problems in opening the three doors, folding down the nose gear and the left centre gear manually. But the right one was stuck. Now the aircraft flew in a circle over Øresund for two hours, which caused lots of attention this sunny First of May. Manuals were read while the fuel decreased. Landing on only the left centre wheel would undoubtedly cause the aircraft to tilt towards the right at some speed (around 80 knots in best case). But the F/E asked for permission to try to assemble all hydraulics on the remaining gear only, the Captain agreed to this attempt despite the fact that the manuals specifically stated to not do any such thing. With almost no remaining fuel, around two minutes before landing this was attempted – and the right gear came out! The landing then went on as a normal one. (Conair just happened to have “OY” as flight number prefix, the same prefix as Danish aircraft have)


July 1984 Isiro, Zaire. Wolf Aviation 707-458 Damaged beyond repair
1/12/1984 Edwards Air Force Base, California, United States. NASA 720-027 (N833NA) Damaged beyond repair
13/6/1985 Sebha, Libya. Government of Benin 707-366 Damaged beyond repair
21/8/1985 Beirut, Lebanon. Middle East Airlines Two 720-023 (OD-AGQ and OD-AFL) Damaged beyond repair by shelling
27/1/1986 Buenos Aires-Ezeria, Argentina Aerolineas Argentinas 707-387 Damaged beyond repair
3/1/1987 Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire VARIG

Flight 797

707-379C, Crashed after one engine failed. Killed 50. Survivor 1.
8/1/1987 Beirut, Lebanon. Middle East Airlines 707-323 Damaged beyond repair by shelling


Salzburg, Austria Conairs Boeing 720-051B (OY-APU) Nose wheel collapses during otherwise normal landing. Two people needed shock treatment afterwards.




Rome-Chiampino Conairs Boeing 720-051B (OY-APY)


Nose wheel collapses. Belly landing causes fire. No persons injured. Very similar to the accident in Salzburg less than two months earlier
11/4/1987 Manaus, Brazil Transbrasil 707-350C Damaged beyond repair
13/4/1987 Kansas City, Missouri. United States. Buffalo Airways 707-351C  
29/11/1987 Indian Ocean Korean Air Flight 858 707-3B5C Exploded over the Andaman Sea, in the Indian Ocean in a terrorist attack with a bomb placed by North Korean agents. Killed 115
8/2/1988 Luanda, Angola TAAG-Angola Airlines 707-349C Damaged beyond repair
21/7/1988 Lagos, Nigeria. Angloa Air Charter 707-328C Crashed near
10/10/1988 Luanda, Angola TAAG-Angola Airlines 707-347C Destroyed by fire
17/10/1988 Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy Uganda Airlines

Flight 775

  Crashed while attempting landing; 33 killed, 19 survivors.
19/11/1988 Harare, Zimbabwe Air Zimbabwe 707-330B Damaged beyond repair
13/12/1988 Kom Omran, Egypt GAS Air Cargo 707-351C Crashed
8/2/1989 Santa Maria, Azores Independent Air;

Flight 1851

707 Crashed into a hill on approach. Killed 144 (all).  Wreckage remains at the site to this day
21/3 1989 District of Vila Barros in Guarulhos, Sao Paulo, Brazil Transbrasil; Flight 801 707-349C


Crashed on approach to São Paulo-Guarulhos after flying from Manaus, shortly before touch-down at runway 09R.

That day, at 1200 the runway was going to be closed for maintenance and the crew decided to speed up procedures to touch-down before closure (it was already 1154). In a hurry, one of the crew members in error activated the speed brakes; the aircraft lost much speed and stalled. It crashed approximately 2 km from the airport. 25 killed including 3 crew. 22 civilians also killed on ground and over 100 injured.

17/5/1989 Nairobi, Kenya Somali Airlines 707-330B Damaged beyond repair
11/71989 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Kenya Airways 707-351B Damaged beyond repair
25/1/1990 Long Island, New York. AVIANCA

Flight 52

707-321B Crashed after running out of fuel. The 707 was delayed numerous times because of air traffic control tower shift changes while in the mist of heavy fog in New York. 73 killed. FAA issued new regulations requiring each plane to be stay assigned to only one traffic controller from approach to landing.
1/3/1990 Goma, Zaire. Katale Aero Transport 707-329C Damaged beyond repair
23/6/1990 Santiago, Chile. LAN-Chile 707-312B Damaged beyond repair
14/7/1990 Khartoum, Sudan. Trans Arabian Air Transport 707-349 Damaged beyond repair
25/7/1990 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopian Airlines 707-379 Damaged beyond repair
20/9/1990 Marana, Arizona, United States. Omega Aerial Refueling Services 707-312B Crashed
2/10/1990 Canton, China. China Southwest Airlines 707-3J6B Damaged beyond repair
3/12/1990 Nairobi, Kenya Sudan Air Cargo 707-321C Crashed near Nairobi
10/1/1991 Bucharest, Romania. TAROM 707-3K1C Damaged beyond repair
25/3/1991 Asmara, Ethiopia. Ethiopian Airlines 707-385C Damaged beyond repair by shelling
31/8/1991 Dothan, Alabama, United States. Lloyd Aero Boliviano 707-323C Destroyed by fire
29/10/1991 East Sale, Victoria Royal Australian Air Force 707-368C Stalled and crashed into the sea; 5 killed (all)
7/12/1991 Tripoli, Libya Libyan Arab Airlines 707-351C Destroyed by fire
20/2/1992 Luanda, Angola TAAG-Angola Airlines 707-349C Damaged beyond repair
23/3/1992 Mount Hymettus, Greece Golden Star Air Cargo 707-321C Crashed (CFIT)
31/3/1992 Istres, France. Trans Air Services 707-321C № 3 engine separated in flight, taking with it the № # 4 engine. An emergency landing was made but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair by fire.
29/4/1992 Ilorin, Nigeria. EAS Cargo 707-351C Damaged beyond repair
25/11/1992 Kano, Nigeria DAS Air Cargo 707-321C Damaged beyond repair
26/11/1992 Abidjan-Port Bouet, Côte d’Ivoire AeroBrasil 707-365C Crashed
31/1/1993 Recife, Brazil LADE   Damaged beyond repair
26/7/1993 Amsterdam-Schiphol, Netherlands. Trans Mediterranean Airways 707-327C Damaged beyond repair
9/10/1994 São Paulo, TAMPA-Colombia 707-324C Damaged beyond repair
19/12/1994   Nigeria Airways

Flight 9805

707-3F9C Crashed
17/8/1995 N’djemena, Chad TAROM 707-321C Damaged
30/11/1995 Baku, Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan Airlines 707-323C Crashed near
30/6/1996 Bamako, Mali DAS Air Cargo 707-369C Damaged beyond repair. Wingtip hit the ground on landing due to windshear
21/8/1996 Istanbul, Turkey Egypt Air 707-366 Damaged beyond repair
23/10/1996, Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE). Argentinian Air Force 707 Crashed on takeoff roll after failing to achieve the required takeoff speed (V2)
23/10/1996 Manta, Ecuador Millon Air 707-323C Crashed
23/10/1996 Kinshasa, Congo. Congo Airlines   Damaged beyond repair
16/1/1997 Kinshasa, Zaire. First International Airways   Destroyed by fire
10/3/1998 Mombasa, Kenya. Air Memphis 707-366C Crashed
21/9/2000 Hamani Diori Airport, Niger Government of Togo 707 Aircraft coming from Valencia Airport, Spain en route to Lomé-Tokoin Airport, Togo, experienced a cockpit fire approximately 200 km/125 miles from Niamey, Niger, and crash landed. It was destroyed by subsequent fire.. No fatalities among 10 on board.
4/7/2002 Bangui, Central African Republic Gomair 707-123B Flight from N’Djamena Airport, Chad to Brazzaville-Maya Maya Airport, Rep. of Congo carrying a mixed load of cargo and passengers experienced technical problems and diverted. On approach, it descended too quickly and made flew into ground in a suburb. It subsequently bounced and broke up. Of the 30 on board, 28 died in the accident.
23/10/2004 Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport BETA Cargo 707


Takeoff from Manaus aborted due to a “loud noise”. The aircraft then started tilting to the right. It appeared the landing gear ruptured the right wing. The 37-year old aircraft  was written off.
19/3/2005 Lake Victoria, Entebbe, Uganda Cargo Plus Aviation 707-300 freighter

on a wet-lease to Ethiopian Airlines

Aircraft crashed into Lake Victoria on approach to Runway 35 at Entebbe, Uganda on the lake’s northern shore. The 31-year-old 707 freighter was on the second approach to Runway 35 during its attempt at  landing; its right wing clipped an outcrop on approach and it began to break up. The accident happened in heavy rain. The aircraft broke up. No fatalities in the five crew on board.
20/4/ 2005 Mehrabad Airport, Tehran Saha Airlines Flight 171 707-3J9C


Flying from Kish Island, crashed on landing following an unstabilized approach with a higher than recommended airspeed. Gear and /or a tire failed after touchdown and the aircraft overran the far end of the runway. Of the 159 on board, three passengers were killed, reportedly falling into the river after evacuation.


Sabiha Gökçen Airport in Istanbul, Turkey Koda Air 707-300 Cargo


Caught fire while parked on the apron. No one was injured, but the aircraft, built in 1966 was written off. The wreckage is lying at the end of the taxiway of the airport.


Ahwaz Airport Saha Airlines Flight 124 707-3J9C


Made an emergency landing after reporting an uncontained engine failure; all 174 on board survive, but the aircraft was written off
21/10/2009 Sharjah International Airport, United Arab Emirates Azza Transport Flight 2241 707-320 Crashed shortly after takeoff. The cargo flight had six crew members who were killed.
18/5/2011 Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California, United States Omega Aerial Refueling Services 707 tanker Crashed on take-off; was burnt out. The aircraft was destroyed in the post-crash fire. All three-crew survived.



 1960-69 = 33 accidents

1970-79 = 51 accidents

1980-89 = 46 accidents

1990-99 = 30 accidents

2000-09 = 5 accidents

Article courtesy of Wikipedia.org; photo of B720 (AP-AXK) by courtesy: historyof PIA.com

 1960-69 =

33 accidents

1970-79 =

51 accidents

1980-89 =

46 accidents

1990-99 =

30 accidents

2000-09 =

5  accidents



B720-047B; AP-AXK formerly N93150



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