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Last updated: 21 February 2019
Date:Tuesday 10 March 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-336C
Operator:Air Memphis
Registration: SU-PBA
C/n / msn: 19843/735
First flight: 1968
Total airframe hrs:60171
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B (HK)
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mombasa-Moi International Airport (MBA) (   Kenya)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Mombasa-Moi International Airport (MBA/HKMO), Kenya
Destination airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
The Boeing 707, carrying a consignment of (34 tons) fish from Mwanza to Cairo via Mombasa took off from Mombasa Moi Airport at 16:31. The plane struck approach lights following takeoff from runway 03. It then struck a hilly mound, rolled and crashed into the ground. The 707 disintegrated and caught fire.

Runway 03 at Mombasa is 10,991ft. long but at the time of the accident the first 2,600ft. of the runway was not available.

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Distance from Mombasa-Moi International Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 3879 km (2424 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís 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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