Philippine Airlines Flight 434

Synopsis

On 11th December 1994, Philippine Airlines Flight 434, a Boeing 747-283B jet was flying from Metro manila, Philippine to Tokyo, Japan via Mactan- Cebu, Cebu. A bomb exploded inside a lifejacket which was underneath one of the seats 2 hours before its’ arrival in Tokyo. Due to the explodsion, damage was done to the evaluator of the co- pilot’s control causing a loss of controls in the cockpit. The Captain successfully disengaged the autopilot to take control of the aircraft, decreasing the power on left engines and increasing the power on right engines forcing the aircraft to turn and line up with the runway. With the team work of his co-pilot and engineer, they landed in Naha Airport safely with 1 major injury, 9 minor injuries and 1 death out of a total of 273 passengers and 10 crews.

After the investigation, the Japanese investigator concluded that it was a professional bomb maker whom constructed and setting the digital watch bomb in the lavatory before the plane arrive in Cebu and continue its second leg. He chose to place the bomb underneath the seat which was near the right fuel tank and the no. 2 engine. The elevator and aileron cables were damaged after the bomb exploded causing the autopilot system failed to function properly.

Accident Videos

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(Video embedded from Youtube on 22nd September, 2009- see cineflix, undated- a1)

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(Video embedded from Youtube on 22nd September, 2009- see cineflix, undated- b2)

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(Video embedded from Youtube on 22nd September, 2009- see cineflix, undated- c3)

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(Video embedded from Youtube on 22nd September, 2009- see cineflix, undated- d4)

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(Video embedded from Youtube on 22nd September, 2009- see cineflix, undated- e5)
References
1. CINEFLIX (undated- a). Bomb on board. Air crash investigation. Part 1 retrieved from Youtubeon 22nd Sept, 2009
2. CINEFIX (undated- b). Bomb on board. Air crash investigation. Part 2 retrieved from Youtubeon 22nd Sept, 2009
3. CINEFLIX (undated- c). Bomb on board. Air crash investigation. Part 3 retrieved from Youtubeon 22nd Sept, 2009
4. CINEFLIX (undated- d). Bomb on board. Air crash investigation. Part 4 retrieved from Youtubeon 22nd Sept, 2009
5. CINEFLIX (undated- e). Bomb on board. Air crash investigation. Part 5 retrieved from Youtubeon 22nd Sept, 2009

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