46 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: Vickers 828 Viscount
Operator:Merpati Nusantara Airlines
C/n / msn:448
First flight:1962
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 62 / Occupants: 62
Total:Fatalities: 69 / Occupants: 69
Airplane damage:Destroyed
Airplane fate:Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:S off Padang (   Indonesia)
Phase:En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jakarta (unknown airport), Indonesia
Destination airport:Padang-Tabing Airport (PDG/WIMG), Indonesia

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.