SILK AIR FLIGHT 185
December 19, 1997 104 deaths: 97 passengers, 7 crew Route: Jakarta – Singapore Boeing 737-300
SilkAir, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, is generally regarded as one of the better airlines in Southeast Asia. Flight 185 plunged almost vertically into the Musi River near Palembang in South Sumatra, killing all 97 passengers and seven crew. Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) could not determine the cause of the crash. An investigation by the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded the crash was the result of deliberate flight control inputs, most likely by the captain, Tsu Way Ming. He had recently lost US$2.25 million on the stock market and had taken out a life insurance policy to benefit his wife and children.