Fanning the Flames: South African Airways Flight 295
On 28 November 1987, South African Airways Flight 295 started filling with smoke high above the Indian Ocean. A fire had erupted in the rear main level cargo area, the pilots successfully opened the doors in flight to clear the smoke from the aircraft, however it mysteriously crashed with no survivors. How the plane crashed is still unknown.
Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-200B Combi.
Cause of disaster: In-flight cargo fire.