ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47B-30-DK (DC-3) HZ-AAK Tabuk Airport (TUU)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 10 July 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-30-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Saudi Arabian Airlines
Registration: HZ-AAK
MSN: 32979/16231
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tabuk Airport (TUU) (   Saudi Arabia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Gurayat Airport (URY/OEGT), Saudi Arabia
Destination airport:Tabuk Airport (TUU/OETB), Saudi Arabia
At Gurayat, the co-pilot made the take-off and flew the flight to Tebuk. After he landed the aircraft on runway 31, it veered to the left. Application of left engine power caused the aircraft to veer to the right where it subsequently left the right side of the runway. the left wind was down as the aircraft left the runway / scraping the runway and hitting a mound of dirt off the runway. The aircraft then began a left groundloop. At about 90 deg of groundloop, the aircraft started sliding to the right causing excessive side loads on the landing gear. The landing gear began to be torn from the aircraft at this point and the aircraft continued to turn to the left. at about 170 degs of turn, the aircraft began to slide backwards with the engines being separated form the firewalls. The aircraft came to rest on a heading of 140 degs mag. There was no fire.

Probable Cause:

most probable cause of the accident:
The inability of the pilot to regain control of the aircraft from the co-pilot due to apparently heavy pressures exerted on the flight controls by the co-pilot. Failure of the co-pilot to completely release the controls.

Runway excursion (veer-off)

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Distance from Gurayat Airport to Tabuk Airport as the crow flies is 342 km (214 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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