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Ariana Afghan Airlines Flight 202

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Site  Near Beirut, Lebanon
Crew  5
Aircraft type  Douglas DC-4
Number of deaths  24
Operator  Ariana Afghan Airlines
Passengers  22
Fatalities  24
Date  21 November 1959
Injuries (nonfatal)  3
Location  Lebanon
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Survivors  3 (2 died later at hospital)
Destination  Hamid Karzai International Airport
Similar  Southeast Airlines Flight 308, TAI Flight 307, 1959 Transair Douglas, American Airlines Flight 514, Braniff Flight 542

Ariana Afghan Airlines Flight 202, a Douglas DC-4, registration YA-BAG, was an international scheduled flight from Lebanon, bound for Afghanistan with scheduled stops in Mehrabad Airport, Iran, and Kandahar International Airport, Afghanistan. On November 21, 1959, two minutes after takeoff on runway 18, the aircraft crashed into the side of a hill at hills of Aramoun near Beirut. A small cabin fire erupted shortly after the crash, killing 24 of the 27 passengers on board. The 3 surviving passengers were taken to hospital in Beirut. 2 of them later died at the hospital.


The investigation found that the day before November 20, 1959, after a flight from Frankfurt, the flight was delayed for 20 hours due to technical difficulties. Two causes were proposed:

  • A navigational error in that the pilot did not right turn out as early as he should have, either because he forgot or because he was distracted by an unusual occurrence.
  • A fire indication (or possibly a fire) in No. 1 engine which induced the pilot to start fire emergency action with a resulting reduction in the rate of turn and the rate of climb.
  • References

    Ariana Afghan Airlines Flight 202 Wikipedia

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