Crash-aerien 08 SEP 1974 d'un Boeing 707-331B N8734 - Cephalonia, Greece 
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Last updated: 8 August 2022
Statuts:Enqute Officielle
Date:dimanche 8 septembre 1974
Heure:09:40 UTC
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-331B
Compagnie:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Immatriculation: N8734
Numro de srie: 20063/789
Anne de Fabrication: 1969
Heures de vol:21733
Moteurs: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Equipage:victimes: 9 / bord: 9
Passagers:victimes: 79 / bord: 79
Total:victimes: 88 / bord: 88
Dgats de l'appareil: Dtruit
Consquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:93 km (58.1 milles) W de Cephalonia, Greece (   Mer Mditerrane)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aroport de dpart:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT), Grce
Aroport de destination:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italie
Numro de vol:TW841
Flight TW841 (Tel Aviv-Athens-Rome-New York) left Athens at 09:12 GMT for a 1 hour and 48 minute flight to Rome. The flight was cruising at FL280 when to suddenly enter a steep climb attitude. The captain of PanAm flight 110 who witnessed the event, said the aircraft then rolled to the left into a steep descent. The Boeing 707 disintegrated and crashed into the sea. It was determined that the detonation of an explosive device in the aft cargo compartment buckled and damaged the cabin floor in such a manner that one or more of the elevator and rudder system control cables was stretched and, perhaps, broken. The resultant displacement of control surfaces caused a violent pitch up and yaw and made the aircraft uncontrollable.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The detonation of an explosive device within the aft cargo compartment of the aircraft which rendered the aircraft uncontrollable".

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 199 days (7 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-75-07
Download report: Final report

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Ce plan montre l'aroport de dpart ainsi que la suppose destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Athens-Ellinikon International Airport et Roma-Fiumicino Airport est de 1063 km (665 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

Les informations ci-dessus ne reprsentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prlimimaires sont bases sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus ce jour.

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