Accident description
Last updated: 2 August 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 8 July 2003
Time:04:17
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2J8C
Operator:Sudan Airways
Registration: ST-AFK
C/n / msn: 21169/429
First flight: 1975-08-29 (27 years 11 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 105 / Occupants: 106
Total:Fatalities: 116 / Occupants: 117
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) E of Port Sudan (   Sudan) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Port Sudan Airport (PZU/HSSP), Sudan
Destination airport:Khartoum-Civil Airport (KRT/HSSS), Sudan
Flightnumber: 139
Narrative:
About 15 minutes after takeoff from Port Sudan, the pilot reported the loss of power in one engine. The flight returned to Port Sudan and was cleared for the ILS runway 35 approach. The reported visibility was 2.5 miles in sand. The flightcrew did not sight the runway, and during the missed approach the airplane descended and collided with wasteland about 3 miles east of the airport. The aircraft disintegrated during the impact sequence. The wreckage was strewn a distance of about 600 feet, and oriented on a 150 degree magnetic track.

A two-year old boy, Mohammed el-Fateh Osman, survived the accident. He was flown to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.


Classification:
Loss of control

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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 Port Sudan Airport to Khartoum-Civil Airport as the crow flies is 651 km (407 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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