51 Years ago today: On 20 March 1969 a United Arab Ilyushin 18 crashed on landing at Aswan, Egypt; killing 100 out of 105 occupants.
|Date:||Thursday 20 March 1969|
|Operator:||United Arab Airlines – UAA|
|C/n / msn:||188011301|
|Total airframe hrs:||128|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 93 / Occupants: 98|
|Total:||Fatalities: 100 / Occupants: 105|
|Aircraft fate:||Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Aswan Airport (ASW) ( Egypt)|
|Crash site elevation:||202 m (663 feet) amsl|
|Nature:||Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Jeddah International Airport (JED/OEJD), Saudi Arabia|
|Destination airport:||Aswan Airport (ASW/HESN), Egypt|
Rising sand in the Aswan area caused the visibility to drop from 10 km to 2-3 km. The flight had made 2 missed NDB approaches to Aswan Airport and was approaching for the third time when it suddenly banked right. The right wing contacted the left side of the runway 1120 m from the threshold. The wing broke off and the aircraft crashed in flames.
PROBABLE CAUSE: “Pilot descended below the minimum safe altitude without having the runway lights clearly in sight. A contributory factor was fatigue arising from continuous working hours without suitable rest periods.”