Accident description
Last updated: 22 September 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 12 November 1980
Time:23:53
Type:Lockheed C-141B Starlifter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 67-0030
C/n / msn: 300-6281
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:18719
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-7
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) from Cairo West AB (   Egypt) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB (FRF/EDAF), Germany
Destination airport:Cairo West (HECW), Egypt
Narrative:
The Starlifter was attempting a night time visual approach to Cairo West AB when the crew decided to go around. A visual traffic pattern was flown at an altitude of 2000 feet. Over the dark desert terrain the crew commenced the turn to finals. Bank and rate of descent increased rapidly until the airplane impacted terrain.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» C-141 Lifetime Mishap Summary / Lt. Col. Paul M. Hansen, USAFR, Ret. McChord AFB WA (1 October, 2004)


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Distance from Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB to Cairo West as the crow flies is 2874 km (1796 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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