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Last updated: 29 March 2017
Date:Thursday 20 April 1967
Type:Bristol 175 Britannia 313
Operator:Globe Air
Registration: HB-ITB
C/n / msn: 13232
First flight: 1957
Total airframe hrs:20632
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 117 / Occupants: 120
Total:Fatalities: 126 / Occupants: 130
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3,5 km (2.2 mls) S of Nicosia Airport (NIC) (   Cyprus)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM/VABB), India
Destination airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
The Britannia operated on a flight from Bangkok to Basel with intermediate stops at Colombo, Mumbai (Bombay) and Cairo. The crew didn't fly to Cairo, but elected to fly to Nicosia instead. The plane was cleared to land at runway 32, but appeared to be a little high on the approach. The approach was abandoned and a left circuit was entered to position for a new approach. While executing a low circuit the aircraft collided with the ground.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident resulted from an attempt to make an approach at a height too low to clear rising ground."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 Volume II (151-155)


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Distance from Bombay-Santacruz Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 4316 km (2698 miles).

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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