Evacuation of Australians from Phnom Penh

11 Jul 1997

A total of 455 people (278 of them Australians) were evacuated to Penang, Malaysia from the Cambodian capital. The airlift was without incident, apart from the discovery in Malaysia of nine young Cambodian stowaways who managed to board the first flight out of Phnom Penh; this group was put on an Air Force flight back to Cambodia. Another 12 Cambodians had to be turned away after they were detected among evacuees queuing for a later flight.

Related aircraft

  • Hercules