Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 4 November 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2M2C
Operator:TAAG Angola Airlines
Registration: D2-TAA
C/n / msn: 21172/439
First flight: 1975-11-07 (4 years 12 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 128
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 134
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Benguela Airport (BUG) (   Angola)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Luanda Airport (LAD/FNLU), Angola
Destination airport:Benguela-Gen V Deslandes Airport (BUG/FNBG), Angola
Flightnumber: 444
Narrative:
The Boeing landed 4m short, causing the gear to collapse. The aircraft slid 900m and came to rest 20m to the side of the runway. The no. 1 engine and right wing caught fire. The aircraft was destroyed during recovery attempts.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Lack of VASIs and threshold markings caused the pilot's inability to follow the correct approach slope.

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Distance from Luanda Airport to Benguela-Gen V Deslandes Airport as the crow flies is 416 km (260 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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