Unfallbericht:The Antonov was rolling for take-off on runway 20 at Luxor when a camel entered the runway. The pilot-in-command deviated slightly to the right and tried to lift off as soon as he could. The right undercarriage leg however struck the camel. As a result, the right gear leg couldn't be retracted. The crew decided to continue to their destination Cairo, where a wheels-up landing was carried out on a sand strip next to runway 34.
|Datum:||Freitag 30 September 1966|
|Fluggesellschaft:||United Arab Airlines - UAA|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 6|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 37|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 43 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||Cairo International Airport (CAI) (Ägypten)
|Flugphase:|| Landung (LDG)|
|Betriebsart:||Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug|
|Flug von:||Luxor Airport (LXR/HELX), Ägypten|
|Flug nach:||Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Ägypten|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Collision of the aircraft with a camel which entered the runway during take-off because neither the pilot-in-command nor the tower controller noticed the camel in proper time. In addition, attempts of the pilot-in-command to avoid the collision after he first saw the camel were unsuccessful."
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Distance from Luxor Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 508 km (318 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.