Narrative: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 20-30min the fire again erupted and rapidly consumed the cabin and cockpit. The aircraft was on a flight from Kano to Beirut via Lagos.
|Date:||Tuesday 9 January 1968|
|Operating for:||Middle East Airlines - MEA|
|Leased from:||Ethiopian Airlines|
|C/n / msn:|| 18454/319|
|First flight:|| 1962|
|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:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (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|
» Bringing Africa thogether / Ethiopian Airlines, 1988
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 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 Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.