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Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 1 April 2015
Date:Monday 31 August 1981
Type:Boeing 720-023B
Operator:Middle East Airlines - MEA
Registration: OD-AFR
C/n / msn: 18018/157
First flight: 1960-08-17 (21 years )
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-1-MC7
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Beirut International Airport (BEY) (   Lebanon)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Benghazi-Benina International Airport (BEN/HLLB), Libya
Destination airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
Shortly after arriving from a flight from Libya, an explosion of approx. 5kgs of dynamite destroyed the aircraft.


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Distance from Benghazi-Benina International Airport to Beirut International Airport as the crow flies is 1422 km (889 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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