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.
|Date:||Wednesday 12 November 1980|
|Type:||Lockheed C-141B Starlifter|
|Operator:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|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:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||5 km (3.1 mls) from Cairo West AB (Egypt)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Departure airport:||Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB (FRF/EDAF), Germany|
|Destination airport:||Cairo West (HECW), Egypt|
» C-141 Lifetime Mishap Summary / Lt. Col. Paul M. Hansen, USAFR, Ret. McChord AFB WA (1 October, 2004)
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
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.