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.
|Datum:||20 MAI 1965|
|Fluggesellschaft:||Pakistan International Airlines - PIA|
|Triebwerk:|| 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 13 / Insassen: 13|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 108 / Insassen: 114|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 121 / Insassen: 127 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||ca 20 km S of Cairo International Airport (CAI) (Ägypten)
|Flugphase:|| Annäherung (APR)|
|Flug von:||Dhahran International Airport (DHA/OEDR), Saudi Arabien|
|Flug nach:||Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Ägypten|
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: "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."
» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 Vol I (113-117)Sample newspaper article from Newspaperarchive.com
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 Dhahran International Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 1872 km (1170 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.