Turkish Airlines flight 981 from Ankara took off from Paris at 12.30 pm on 3 March 1974 and headed for London. Five minutes later it crashed in the Forest of Ermenonville, 30 miles northeast of Paris, killing everyone on board. It was the world’s worst civil air disaster up to that time with 345 dead, including 11 crew and 200 British passengers. They had been transferred to the flight in Paris by British Airways because a strike by 400 ground engineers at Heathrow had caused the cancellation of some of their flights. Bodies from the aircraft were found six and nine miles away from the site of the crash. The cargo door was found seven miles away.