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Accident description
Last updated: 30 April 2017
Date:Tuesday 9 January 1968
Time:16:33 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B720 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 720-060B
Operating for:Middle East Airlines - MEA
Registration: ET-AAG
C/n / msn: 18454/319
First flight: 1962-10-04 (5 years 3 months)
Total airframe hrs:15780
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 39
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 49
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Beirut International Airport (BEY) (   Lebanon)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lagos/Ikeja International Airport (LOS/DNMM), Nigeria
Destination airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
The Boeing landed nose gear-first in heavy rain and wind gusting to 45 knots. The nose gear folded back and a localized fire around the nose gear was quickly extinguished. After 20-30 min the fire again erupted and rapidly consumed the cabin and cockpit. The aircraft was on a flight from Kano to Beirut via Lagos.

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Distance from Lagos/Ikeja International Airport to Beirut International Airport as the crow flies is 4461 km (2788 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.
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