SILK AIR FLIGHT 185

De­cem­ber 19, 1997 104 deaths: 97 pas­sen­gers, 7 crew Route: Jakarta – Sin­ga­pore Boe­ing 737-300

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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.

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