- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: September 03, 1997
Time: 14:00
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Operator: Vietnam Airlines
Flight #: 815
Route: Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh
AC Type: Tupolev TU-134
Registration: VN-A120
cn / ln: 66360
Aboard: 66   (passengers:60  crew:6)
Fatalities: 65   (passengers:59  crew:6)
Ground: 0
Summary: The plane was on a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh when it crashed while making an approach to Pochentong International Airport in heavy rain. The plane clipped palm trees and exploded in flames after crashing into a rice paddy, one-half mile from the runway. The only survivor was a one-year-old boy. Pilot error. The captain failed to heed the warnings of the flight engineer and first officer that the plane was flying too low and failed to abort the landing.
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