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Last updated: 31 August 2016
Datum:Mittwoch 21 Februar 1973
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-224
Fluggesellschaft:Libyan Arab Airlines
Kennzeichen: 5A-DAH
Werknummer: 20244/650
Baujahr: 1968-10-16 (4 years 4 months)
Triebwerk: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 9
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 100 / Insassen: 104
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 108 / Insassen: 113
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:35 km (21.9 Meilen) SE of Isma'iliya (   Ägypten)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Benghazi-Benina International Airport (BEN/HLLB), Libyen
Flug nach:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Ägypten
Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 operated on a flight from Tripoli, Libya to Benghazi, Libya and Cairo, Egypt. On the leg to Cairo weather conditions included a low stratocumulus and 6/8 to 8/8 altocumulus up to about FL180.
The aircraft strayed off course after passing Sidi Barrani and continued past Cairo. Over the Sinai desert the ground was visible again and the crew probably realized the error. At that moment the aircraft was out of range of the navigational facilities. By then the aircraft was intercepted by two Israeli Air Force McDonnell F-4E Phantom II fighters. Both jet fighters tried to get it to land by rocking their wings and firing across the nose of the Libyan plane. When the crew tried to return to Cairo the Phantom pilots thought it wanted to escape. They attacked the 727, hitting the right hand wingtip with tracers; a fire erupted. The crew attempted to make a belly landing in the desert, but crashed in flames. According to ICAO the Cairo beacon was probably not functioning properly at the time. Also, the approach control radar was out of order.

» Aviation Disasters / D. Gero (p. 113)


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
16 OCT 1968 N1782B Boeing
28 DEC 1970 5A-DAH Libyan Arab

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 Benghazi-Benina International Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 1075 km (672 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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