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User currently offlineKUGN From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 615 posts, RR: 6
Posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2736 times:

I've seen once a photo of overcrowded B727-100 on takeoff.

It was some kind of emergency evacuation in southeast Asia, and the aircraft took many more passangers than it was certified to; I think some were even hiding in landing gear compartment.

Or something like that.

Can anyone point to that picture? I'd like to see it again, and learn little bit more about that event.

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User currently offlineFlygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2703 times:

E-mail me at silagi@home.com and I will send you a copy of a photo that I have of it in a book about the 727.

The plane was a World Airways B727-100 that was sent to DaNang in Vietnam to help evacuate refugee women and children in 1975. As the plane was loading, enemy troops were rapidly approaching the airport. There was a rush a people trying to board the plane. World Airways president Ed Daly, who then told the captain to depart as he helped try to get as many people aboard the plane as possible. As the engines started soldiers opened fire on the plane and started throwing grenades at the plane.

The plane which was configured for 105 passengers departed with 360 people onboard! The plane was estimated to be 20,000 lbs overweight. In the cabin there were 268 passengers and the rest were in the the baggage and landing gear compartments. The plane also suffered damage to 2/3 of the left inboard flap from a grenade prior to departure. The flight was made unpressurized and below 10,000 ft.

The photo I have shows the plane in flight with the forward and rear cargo bay doors open, aft airstair not fully retracted and the main landing gear still extended where you can see someones leg dangling from the gear doors.

A real testimate to how well Boeing builds it's planes!

"If it ain't Boeing, I ain't going"

Richard Silagi





User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3954 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

Another historic photo that appeared in Life during the late 60's was of a stowaway falling to his death into Botany Bay from a JAL DC-8 in 1968 or 69. The photo was taken by an amature photographer, testing a new telephoto lens at SYD.

Thomas



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User currently offlineKUGN From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 615 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2681 times:

Flygga, thanks for the reply, much appreciated! I've sent you an email.

Thomas, do you know where we could find more details to the Botany Bay event?


User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3954 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2674 times:

KGUN, I beleive that I have the photo in one of my LIFE 'photo books', send me your e-mail address, while my flatbed scanner is down, I'll find some way to get it to you.

Thomas



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User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3954 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2674 times:

Ooops! forgot to give you my e-mail address;

t2m@pdq.net

Thomas



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