44 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
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 200
Operator:Burma Airways
First flight:1963
Total airframe hrs:28634
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.