Accident description
Last updated: 30 August 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 20 March 1969
Time:ca 02:00
Type:Ilyushin 18D
Operator:United Arab Airlines - UAA
Registration: SU-APC
C/n / msn: 188011301?
First flight: 1968
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 93 / Occupants: 98
Total:Fatalities: 100 / Occupants: 105
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Aswan Airport (ASW) (   Egypt) show on map
Crash site elevation: 202 m (663 feet) amsl
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED/OEJN), Saudi Arabia
Destination airport:Aswan Airport (ASW/HESN), Egypt
Narrative:
Rising sand in the Aswan area caused the visibility to drop from 10km to 2-3km. The flight had made 2 missed NDB approaches and was approaching for the third time when it suddenly banked right. The right wing contacted the left side of the runway 1120m from the threshold. The wing broke of and the aircraft crashed in flames.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Pilot descended below the minimum safe altitude without having the runway lights clearly in sight. A contributory factor was fatigue arising from continuous working hours without suitable rest periods."

Classification:
Insufficient rest / fatigue

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
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Distance from Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport to Aswan Airport as the crow flies is 693 km (433 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.
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