Accident description
Last updated: 31 January 2015
Date:Friday 2 January 1976
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30CF
Operating for:Saudi Arabian Airlines
Leased from:Overseas National Airways - ONA
Registration: N1031F
C/n / msn: 46825/81
First flight: 1973
Engines: 3 General Electric CF6-50C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 361
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 373
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Istanbul Airport (IST) (   Turkey)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jeddah International Airport (JED/OEJN), Saudi Arabia
Destination airport:Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB/LTAC), Turkey
The DC-10, owned by Overseas National Airlines was leased by Saudia for hajj flights to Jeddah. On the return flight to Ankara, the crew were forced to divert because of poor weather at the destination. While on approach the aircraft reportedly suffered engine problems (no.1 engine fire) . The DC-10 made a heavy landing and careered off runway 06/24.



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Distance from Jeddah International Airport to Ankara-Esenboga Airport as the crow flies is 2120 km (1325 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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