50 Years ago today: On 10 November 1971 a Merpati Nusantara Vickers Viscount crashed off Padang, killing all 69 occupants.

Date:Wednesday 10 November 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 828 Viscount
Operator:Merpati Nusantara Airlines
Registration:PK-MVS
MSN:448
First flight:1962-03-07 (9 years 8 months)
Total airframe hrs:18497
Cycles:15117
Engines:Rolls-Royce Dart 525
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 62 / Occupants: 62
Total:Fatalities: 69 / Occupants: 69
Aircraft damage:Destroyed
Aircraft fate:Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:S off Padang (   Indonesia)
Phase:En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jakarta-Kemayoran Airport (JKT), Indonesia
Destination airport:Padang-Tabing Airport (PDG/WIMG), Indonesia

Narrative:
Merpati Airlines’ domestic service from Jakarta to Padang was carried out a by a Vickers Viscount named “Sabang”. The aircraft had initiated its descent for Padang when it crashed into the sea. Floating pieces of wreckage were found after three days, 75 miles off island of Sumatra.