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Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Donnerstag 20 Mai 1965
Zeit:01:48
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B720 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 720-040B
Fluggesellschaft:Pakistan International Airlines - PIA
Kennzeichen: AP-AMH
Werknummer: 18379/321
Baujahr: 1962-10-19 (2 years 7 months)
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 13 / Insassen: 13
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 108 / Insassen: 114
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 121 / Insassen: 127
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:ca 20 km S of Cairo International Airport (CAI) (   Ägypten)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Dhahran International Airport (DHA/OEDR), Saudi Arabien
Flug nach:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Ägypten
Flugnummer:PK705
Unfallbericht:
A Boeing 720-040B passenger plane, operated by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was destroyed when it crashed while on approach to Cairo International Airport (CAI), Egypt. All 13 crew members and 108 passengers were killed. Six passengers survived.
Flight PK705 was the inaugural service from Karachi, Pakistan to London, U.K. Intermediate stops were planned at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Cairo, Egypt and Geneva, Switzerland.
The flight departed Dhahran at 21:22 UTC for Cairo. The flight was uneventful and at 23:40 UTC, 01:40 local time, it was cleared for a left-hand circuit for runway 34. At 23:45 the crew reported turning on finals. The Boeing 720 kept descending and struck the ground short of the runway in a slight left-bank attitude with its undercarriage up and flaps at 20 degrees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft did not maintain the adequate height for the circuit and continued to descend until it contacted the ground. The reason for that abnormal continuation of descent is unknown."

Informationsquelle:
» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 Vol I (113-117)


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Distance from Dhahran International Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 1872 km (1170 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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.
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