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Last updated: 18 March 2018
Datum:donderdag 20 mei 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic B720 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 720-040B
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Pakistan International Airlines - PIA
Registratie: AP-AMH
Constructienummer: 18379/321
Bouwjaar: 1962-10-19 (2 years 7 months)
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 13 / inzittenden: 13
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 108 / inzittenden: 114
Totaal:slachtoffers: 121 / inzittenden: 127
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:ca 20 km S of Cairo International Airport (CAI) (   Egypte)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Dhahran International Airport (DHA/OEDR), Saudi-ArabiŽ
Vliegveld van aankomst:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypte
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."

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


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Dhahran International Airport en Cairo International Airport bedraagt 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 Networkís 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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