The crash of BOAC flight 911: Analysis

Flight 911 descends like a falling star toward Mount Fuji. Image source: Hiroaki Ikegami
The Boeing 707 involved in the accident. Image source: Jon Proctor
The wreckage of Canadian Pacific Airlines flight 402 still smoldered long after the fire. Video source: Onyx Media
A newspaper headline describes the Thermo King company trip. Image source: The New York Times
BOAC flight 911 taxies past the wreckage of the Canadian Pacific DC-8 and takes off. (NHK)
Given sufficient moisture in the atmosphere, high winds over mountains can create lenticular clouds, like these ones photographed near Mt. Fuji. Image source: AeroTime
A diagram of the mountain wave phenomenon. Image source: Durran and Klemp
A sequence of illustrations depicts the catastrophic breakup of flight 911. Image source: Matthew Tesch in Macarthur Job’s “Air Disasters: Volume 1”
Above and below: Photographs capture the 707’s death spiral. The original photographer is unclear.
The tangled wreckage of the 707 lies on the forested mountainside. Original image source is unclear.
An aerial view of the wreckage. Original image source is unclear.
Aerial view of the wreckage. Image source: The Associated Press




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Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at

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