42 Years ago today: On 25 March 1978 a Burma Airways Fokker F-27 Friendship crashed shortly after takeoff from Rangoon, Myanmar; killing all 48 on board.

Date: Saturday 25 March 1978
Time: 06:56
Fokker F-27 Friendship 200
Operator: Burma Airways
Registration: XY-ADK
C/n / msn: 10235
First flight: 1963
Total airframe hrs: 28634
Cycles: 30355
Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers: Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Total: Fatalities: 48 / Occupants: 48
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location: ca 16 km N of Yangon-Mingaladon Airport (RGN) (   Myanmar)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Yangon-Mingaladon Airport (RGN/VYYY), Myanmar
Destination airport: Myitkyina Airport (MYT/VYMK), Myanmar

The aircraft lost height following takeoff from runway 06 and struck trees located 400 feet right of the extended centreline. Control was lost and the aircraft crashed in a paddy field bursting into flames.