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Accident description
Last updated: 23 April 2017
Date:Sunday 29 March 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic L29A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1329 JetStar 6
Operator:Alco Aviation
Registration: N267L
C/n / msn: 5067
First flight: 1965
Total airframe hrs:4777
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT12A-6A Turbo Wasp
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:London-Luton Airport (LTN) (   United Kingdom)
Crash site elevation: 160 m (525 feet) amsl
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Hassi Messaoud-Oued Irara Airport (HME/DAUH), Algeria
Destination airport:London-Luton Airport (LTN/EGGW), United Kingdom
Touched down beyond the runway 08 touchdown zone, overran, became airborne over a 10 m deep escarpment and struck the ground. The JetStar was on a nighttime non-precision approach without sufficient visual reference following a flight from Lagos (LOS), Nigeria via Hassi Messaoud (HME), Algeria.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: "The accident was caused by the commander's action in attempting a landing from a non-precision approach without sufficient visual reference."

Runway excursion

» AIB AAR 6/82

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) - United Kingdom
report status: Final
report number: AAIB AAR 6/1982
download report: Report on the accident to Lockheed Jetstar 1329, N267L at Luton International Airport, 29 March 1981 (AAIB AAR 6/1982)


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N871D ended up as N267L
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Distance from Hassi Messaoud-Oued Irara Airport to London-Luton Airport as the crow flies is 2293 km (1433 miles).

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