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Last updated: 17 February 2019
Date:Tuesday 7 April 1992
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-24RV
Operator:Air Bissau
Registration: J5-GBE
C/n / msn: 77310810
First flight: 1977
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-24VT
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:100 km (62.5 mls) SE of Sarra (   Libya)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Khartoum-Civil Airport (KRT/HSSS), Sudan
Destination airport:Tunis-Carthage Airport (TUN/DTTA), Tunisia
Force landed in the desert when it ran into a violent sandstorm. Yasir Arafat, head of the Palestine Liberation Organization, was one of the surviving passengers.

Forced landing outside airport

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J5-GBE was later re-registered J5-GAE.
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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 Khartoum-Civil Airport to Tunis-Carthage Airport as the crow flies is 3213 km (2008 miles).

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.
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