July 14, 1991 |
The first time Lauda Airlines suffered a serious setback, its owner returned to motor racing and won his third Grand Prix world driving championship. Niki Lauda isn't likely to do that again, even after one of his planes crashed over a hilly jungle in Thailand on May 26, killing all 213 passengers and 10 crew members. The crash was about 100 miles northwest of Bangkok and occurred about 16 minutes after the plane took off en route to Vienna.
July 4, 1991 |
The National Transportation Safety Board, investigating the crash of a Lauda Air passenger jet in Thailand two months ago, issued a series of recommendations calling for the inspection of the Pratt & Whitney engines that power the Boeing 767. It also called for consideration of new emergency procedures should a thrust reverser on a 767 engine deploy while in flight.
June 3, 1991 |
An Austrian jetliner traveling over Thailand apparently tore apart after the thrust of one of its two engines suddenly reversed, Austrian transportation officials and the airline owner said Sunday. The owner, Niki Lauda, said it was his opinion that the activation of a thrust reverser caused the Lauda Air Boeing 767-300 to break into pieces and plunge into a hilly jungle May 26, killing all 223 people aboard. He said it was not certain why the reverser deployed.
June 1, 1991 |
A senior Thai official said Friday that he believes an engine explosion, rather than a bomb, caused an Austrian airliner to crash in Thailand early this week. Air Chief Marshal Somboon Rahong also told a news conference that a document was recovered from the pilot's compartment with the word "fire" scrawled in English across the page. He said a circle had been drawn around the word.
May 31, 1991 |
Early indications from the investigation into the fatal crash of an Austrian jet are pointing away from a bomb, experts close to the probe said. One said speculation now focuses on engine failure. But the investigators stressed that no firm conclusions can be drawn yet and that no possibility has been excluded. The Lauda Air Boeing 767 crashed late Sunday in northwest Thailand, shortly after takeoff from Bangkok. All 223 people aboard the plane were killed.
May 30, 1991 |
Investigators said Wednesday that their efforts to find the cause of the fiery crash of an Austrian airliner may have been complicated by the thousands of villagers who looted the remains of the plane's 223 passengers and crew. Thai newspapers expressed national shame at the ghoulish spectacle of thousands of people flocking to the crash site, tearing open suitcases, stealing wristwatches off corpses and helping themselves to singed wallets and travelers checks.