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Accident description
Last updated: 20 March 2018
Date:Monday 10 March 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-212
Operator:Gulf Air
Registration: A4O-EM
C/n / msn: 536
First flight: 1995
Total airframe hrs:4640
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-5A3
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 107
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 115
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) (   United Arab Emirates)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH/OMAA), United Arab Emirates
Destination airport:Bahrain International Airport (BAH/OBBI), Bahrain
Flightnumber: 071
Directional control difficulties at V1 forced the crew to abort the takeoff.
The Airbus overrun the runway. The nosegear collapsed.


Runway excursion

» Flight International 19-25.03.1997(12)
» ICAO Adrep Summary 2/97 (#9)
» Reuters


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Distance from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Bahrain International Airport as the crow flies is 450 km (281 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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