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Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Datum:donderdag 1 januari 1976
Tijd:05:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic B720 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 720-023B
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Middle East Airlines - MEA
Registratie: OD-AFT
Constructienummer: 18020/165
Bouwjaar: 1960-09-23 (15 years 3 months)
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-1-MC7
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 15 / inzittenden: 15
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 66 / inzittenden: 66
Totaal:slachtoffers: 81 / inzittenden: 81
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:37 km (23.1 mijl) NW of Al Qaysumah (   Saudi-ArabiŽ)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Libanon
Vliegveld van aankomst:Dubai Airport (DXB/OMDB), Verenigde Arabische Emiraten
Vluchtnummer:ME438
Beschrijving:
Middle East Airlines flight 438 was a scheduled passenger service that was supposed to departed Beirut Airport, Lebanon on December 31, 1975, bound for Dubai and Muscat.
The Boeing 747 that was planned to operate the flight suffered an engine problem. The flight was delayed and a Boeing 720 was prepared to replace the 747. The flight took off from Beirut Airport at 02:10 hours local time on January 1, 1976.
The aircraft was en route over the Saudi desert at FL370 when radar and radio contact was lost. It was found to have crashed near Al Qaysumah, killing all 81 on board.
An investigation revealed that a bomb had exploded in the forward baggage compartment.

Bronnen:
» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA
» Ottawa Citizen - Feb 13, 1976
» Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Jan 2, 1976


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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 Beirut International Airport en Dubai Airport bedraagt 2127 km (1329 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís 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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Boeing 720

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  • 8e ongeval
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