Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 24 October 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 1 January 1976
Time:05:30
Type:Boeing 720-023B
Operator:Middle East Airlines - MEA
Registration: OD-AFT
C/n / msn: 18020/165
First flight: 1960-09-23 (15 years 3 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-1-MC7
Crew:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Passengers:Fatalities: 66 / Occupants: 66
Total:Fatalities: 81 / Occupants: 81
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:37 km (23.1 mls) NW of Al Qaysumah (   Saudi Arabia) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
Destination airport:Dubai Airport (DXB/OMDB), United Arab Emirates
Flightnumber: 438
Narrative:
En route at FL370 from Beirut to Dubai, a bomb exploded in the forward baggage compartment. The aircraft crashed into the desert.

Classification:
Sabotage
Loss of control

Sources:
» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA


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Distance from Beirut International Airport to Dubai Airport as the crow flies is 2127 km (1329 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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