Saudi Airlines Flight – 163
A Saudi Airline Flight – 163 took off from Karachi for Jeddah on the 19th of August 1980. The Flight had departed, but in midair, a fire broke out inside. A state of emergency broke out, and preparations were made for the plane to land.
Everyone inside was dead
What’s so surprising is that the plane landed safely, but when the doors were opened, all 287 passengers and 14 aircrew members were found dead. No one had survived-neither the staff nor the passengers.
There was a total of 301 people on board this unfortunate flight. When the plane landed, there was no way someone could think that this flight had been subjected to a fire.
There were no flames or marks on the outside of the plane, but as the doors were opened, flames and smoke filled the inside. There were 14 Staff members and 287 passengers, including the old, children, and infants.
The Autopsy reports of these victims showed that they all died from inhalation of the smoke and were not burnt. This emphasizes that the passengers all died long before the plane landed.
The flight departed from Karachi: This Flight had to be landed at Riyadh International Airport, now the Riyadh Base, but the ultimate destination was Jeddah.
Reports and other investigations showed that the flight had caught fire in its cargo within seven minutes after taking off.
The deadliest accident in the World: This accident proved to be the deadliest in aviation history. Many investigations were carried out after the accident to determine precisely what happened.
People from around different continents were on board, including Pakistan, Britain, Japan, the Philippines, etc.
The Pilot Problem: Reports had shown a pilot problem due to which the fire broke out. The mystery, however, was why the captain did not order an emergency on the plane after the fire had been known.
Some questions remain unanswered, which probably only those on board could have explained well. You can read the findings report at the “Finding Report of the Incident.”