54 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
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-18D
Operator:United Arab Airlines – UAA
First flight:1969
Total airframe hrs:128
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 93 / Occupants: 98
Total:Fatalities: 100 / Occupants: 105
Aircraft damage:Destroyed
Aircraft fate:Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Aswan Airport (ASW) (   Egypt)
Crash site elevation:202 m (663 feet) amsl
Phase:Landing (LDG)
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:

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.”