ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed C-141B Starlifter 64-0624 Sigonella Naval Air Field (NSY)
ASN logo
Date:Thursday 12 July 1984
Type:Silhouette image of generic C141 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-141B Starlifter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 64-0624
MSN: 300-6037
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:27379
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-7
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Sigonella Naval Air Field (NSY) (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Sigonella Naval Air Field (NSY/LICZ), Italy
Destination airport:Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO/HKJK), Kenya
Immediately after takeoff from Sigonella NAS on the Italian island of Sicily, the aircraft’s no. 3 engine experienced an uncontained failure. Debris was ejected and the caused no. 4 engine to also fail. Debris also severed the elevator trim electrical cables, eliminating any trim during flap retraction. Further debris entered the cargo compartment, starting a fire in a pallet containing paint. The cargo fire produced thick poisonous smoke which made visual control of aircraft extremely difficult. The aircraft entered a steep bank and crashed within 198 seconds of takeoff.
Post crash toxicology indicated the crew had received potentially fatal levels of cyanide poisoning from the smoke, prior to impact. Subsequent to this accident, smoke goggles were added to crew oxygen masks.
The aircraft operated on a service to Diego Garcia with a planned refueling and crew change stop at Nairobi, Kenya.

Uncontained engine failure
Loss of control

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


photo of Lockheed-C-141B-Starlifter-64-0624
accident date: 12-07-1984
type: Lockheed C-141B Starlifter
registration: 64-0624

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 Sigonella Naval Air Field to Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as the crow flies is 4832 km (3020 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
languages: languages


The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2023 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314