Unfallbericht:The C-121C Super Constellation took off from Charleston AFB, SC (CHS) on a Military Air Transportation System (MATS) flight to the U.S. base at Dhahran International Airport (DHA), Saudi Arabia. The flight landed at Fort Dix-McGuire AFB, NJ (WRI) for an overnight stop. It then continued to Lajes AFB, Azores and Tripoli. Three Super Constellation planes departed Tripoli for Dhahran. Visibility at Dhahran was poor due to fog. The airplane started the approach but crashed about 1 km short of the runway. The remaining two C-121 planes continued to Bahrain.
|Datum:||Sonntag 30 Dezember 1956|
|Flugzeugtyp:||Lockheed C-121C Super Constellation|
|Fluggesellschaft:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: / Insassen: |
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: / Insassen: |
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 12 / Insassen: 38 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||1 km (0.6 Meilen) von Dhahran International Airport (DHA) (Saudi Arabien)
|Flugphase:|| Annäherung (APR)|
|Flug von:||Tripoli International Airport (TIP/HLLT), Libyen|
|Flug nach:||Dhahran International Airport (DHA/OEDR), Saudi Arabien|
Reports indicate that the Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) was inoperative at the time of the accident.
» St. Petersburg Times - Jan 1, 1957
» The Victoria Advocate - Jan 1, 1957
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Tripoli International Airport to Dhahran International Airport as the crow flies is 3609 km (2256 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.