Accident description
Last updated: 30 July 2014
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Tuesday 10 February 2004
Time:11:38
Type:Silhouette image of generic F50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker 50
Operator:Kish Air
Registration: EP-LCA
C/n / msn: 20273
First flight: 1993
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW125B
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 40
Total:Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 46
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) NW of Sharjah Airport (SHJ) (   United Arab Emirates) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kish Island Airport (KIH/OIBK), Iran
Destination airport:Sharjah Airport (SHJ/OMSJ), United Arab Emirates
Flightnumber:7170
Narrative:
A Fokker 50 passenger plane, operated by Kish Air, was destroyed when it crashed near Sharjah Airport (SHJ), United Arab Emirates. All six crew members and 37 of the 40 passengers were killed.
The pilot lost control while on a VOR/DME final approach to Sharjah's runway 12. Preliminary investigation results indicate that both props went into reverse at a distance of 2,5 miles short of the runway. The Fokker 50 then descended fast, made a left turn and crashed.


Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» GulfNews
» ICAO Adrep
» Kish Air crash due to human factors: probe (Khaleej Times, 20 April 2006)
» BBC, IRNA


Follow-up / safety actions
As a result of this investigation, the U.A.E. GCAA recommended that the ICAO consider the installation of crash-protected video recorders on aircraft used in commercial air transport operations.

Photos

photo of Fokker 50 EP-LCA
photo of Fokker 50 EP-LCA
photo of Fokker 50 EP-LCA
EP-LCA photographed on the Sharjah platform, one day before the fatal crash.
photo of Fokker 50 EP-LCA
EP-LCA photographed on the Sharjah platform, one day before the fatal crash.
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Map
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 Kish Island Airport to Sharjah Airport as the crow flies is 202 km (126 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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