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1969 Aswan Ilyushin Il 18 crash

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Passengers  98
Fatalities  100
Date  20 March 1969
Injuries (nonfatal)  5
Survivor  5
Crew  7
Survivors  5
Number of deaths  100
Operator  EgyptAir
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Summary  Pilot error in low visibility and poor weather
Site  Aswan International Airport
Destination  Aswan International Airport
Similar  Olympic Airways Flight 954, Mexicana Flight 704, Hawthorne Nevada Airlines Fl, Philippine Airlines Flight 158, Nigeria Airways Flight 825

On 20 March 1969, a United Arab Airlines Ilyushin Il-18 crashed while attempting to land at Aswan Airport. 100 of the 105 passengers and crew on board were killed in the crash.

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The crash

The flight was a non-scheduled international passenger service from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Aswan, Egypt. The aircraft was carrying home Muslim worshippers who had won a pilgrimage through a lottery. It was dark in the early morning when the flight attempted to land and blowing sand had reduced visibility to 2–3 kilometers. After two unsuccessful attempts to land, the aircraft was making a third try when it banked to the right and hit the left side of the runway. The starboard wing tore off and a fuel spillage followed which caused the crashed aircraft to burst into flames.

Cause

The probable cause was determined to be that the "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."

References

1969 Aswan Ilyushin Il-18 crash Wikipedia


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