Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 24 March 2017
Narrative:Shot down by Syrian surface-to-air missiles. The Buffalo transport plane was providing logistical support to UN peacekeeping forces in the Middle East.
Syrian authorities claimed that the aircraft was passing at a time when Israeli aircraft were attacking targets in Lebanon close to the border with Syria. Syrian air defences engaged the Israeli aircraft after they reportedly violated Syrian airspace.
» The Vancouver Sun - Aug 9, 1974
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 Beirut International Airport to Damascus International Airport as the crow flies is 105 km (65 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.