Narrative:Rising sand in the Aswan area caused the visibility to drop from 10 km to 2-3 km. 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 1120 m from the threshold. The wing broke of and the aircraft crashed in flames.
|Date:||Thursday 20 March 1969|
|Operator:||United Arab Airlines - UAA|
|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)
|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|
Probable Cause: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."
Insufficient rest / fatigue
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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 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.