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Last updated: 6 December 2016
Datum:woensdag 4 december 1974
Tijd:ca 22:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-8-55F
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Martinair Holland
Registratie: PH-MBH
Constructienummer: 45818/242
Bouwjaar: 1966
Aantal vlieguren:35613
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 9 / inzittenden: 9
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 182 / inzittenden: 182
Totaal:slachtoffers: 191 / inzittenden: 191
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Maskeliya (   Sri Lanka)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Surabaya-Juanda Airport (SUB/WARR), IndonesiŰ
Vliegveld van aankomst:Colombo-Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB/VCBI), Sri Lanka
The aircraft departed Surabaya at 12:03 UTC for a hadj flight to Jeddah with a planned intermediate stop at Colombo. Around 16:30 UTC Colombo Control cleared the flight down from FL350 to FL150. At 16:38, when the flight was 50 nm from Colombo the air traffic controller cleared the flight further down to 5000 feet and to report reaching 8000 feet. At 16:44 Colombo Approach Control then cleared the flight down to 2000 feet and told them to expect a runway 04 approach. The crew were then to report overhead the KAT NDB or when the airfield was in sight. The crew continued their descent until the airplane crashed into the Anjimalai Mountain at an altitude of 4355 feet, about 40 nm East of Colombo.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Collision with rising terrain as the crew descended the aircraft below safe altitude owing to incorrect identification of their position vis-a-vis the airport. The investigation is of the opinion that this was the result of dependence on Doppler and Weather Radar Systems on board PH-MBH which left room for misinterpretation."

» ICAO Circular 132-AN/93 (213-245)

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Sri Lanka Department of Civil Aviation - Sri Lanka
report status: Final
report number:
report released:16 June 1975
duration of investigation: 194 days (6 months)
download report: Report on the accident to Martinair DC-8 PH-MBH on 4 December 1974 (Sri Lanka DCA )


photo of Douglas DC-8-55F PH-MBH
two pieces were found near the crash location
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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Surabaya-Juanda Airport en Colombo-Bandaranaike International Airport bedraagt 3976 km (2485 miles).

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