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Last updated: 17 November 2018
Date:Saturday 13 July 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-329C
Registration: OO-SJK
C/n / msn: 19211/518
First flight: 1966
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-7
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:14 km (8.8 mls) N of Lagos-Murtala Muhammed Airport (LOS) (   Nigeria)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR), Belgium
Destination airport:Lagos/Ikeja International Airport (LOS/DNMM), Nigeria
The Boeing 707 crew had reported on procedure turn while approaching Lagos. The aircraft struck trees and crashed 8,5 miles north of the airport at 330 feet amsl.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: The reason why the aircraft descended below its minimum safe altitude has not been determined.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground


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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 Brussel-Zaventem Airport to Lagos/Ikeja International Airport as the crow flies is 4894 km (3059 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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