The Malaysian government has set up a board of enquiry to determine why a Japan Air Lines DC-8 crashed in to a rubber plantation near Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (27 September) killing 33 people.
The Malaysian government has set up a board of enquiry to determine why a Japan Air Lines DC-8 crashed in to a rubber plantation near Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (27 September) killing 33 people. Four foreign aviation experts from the United States and Britain are to investigate.
SYNOPSIS: Passengers aboard the airliner had just fastened their safety belts for landing when it crashed into the hillside plantation. Observers say the 46 survivors owe their lives to the way the plane skimmed up the hill instead of slamming into the ground.
The survivors said the plane broke in two on impact. In only another 100 feet (33 metres) it would have cleared the hillside on its landing approach, they said.
Among the dead were the Japanese pilot and an Australian scientists. Most of the passengers were Japanese on a flight from Tokyo to Singapore, via Kuala Lumpur. It's thought to be the first commercial air crash in Malaysia. police rescue parties found bodies scattered over a wide are near the hilltop and in a nearby valley.
Rescue work was hampered by the soggy ground, which made it difficult for people to reach the scene. Police and rescue workers using jeeps and tractors took about five hours to get there. They found several fires burning but fire engines were unable to get in to put out the blaze.
Police say most of the survivors appeared to have been thrown out of the plane by the force of the crash. Seven passengers still strapped to their seats at the rear end of the airliner were pulled out alive.