ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-4Y0 YA-PIB Kabul Airport (KBL)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 8 May 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic B734 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-4Y0
Operator:Ariana Afghan Airlines
Registration: YA-PIB
MSN: 26077/2425
First flight: 1993-01-20 (21 years 4 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-3C1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 122
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 132
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kabul Airport (KBL) (   Afghanistan)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Destination airport:Kabul Airport (KBL/OAKB), Afghanistan
An Ariana Afghan Airlines Boeing 737-4Y0 sustained substantial damage in a runway excursion accident after landing on runway 29 at Kabul Airport, Afghanistan.
Flight 312 originated in Delhi, India and operated on a scheduled passenger service to Kabul. The aircraft was cleared to land on runway 29 at Kabul Airport. On final approach the flight encountered an area of intensifying rain, according to the crew members. The aircraft touched down past the touch down zone and failed to decelerate properly. The airplane went off the paved surface at the end of runway 29. It continued for about 200 meters on the grass until it struck ILS aerials. The airplane continued for another 70 meters before coming to rest at a perimeter road with the nose protruding over a small ditch. The occupants evacuated using the emergency slides and overwing emergency exits. There were no signs of fire.
The DFDR showed that the pilots did not use reverse thrust until the last seconds.

Runway 29 is 3500 m (11,483 ft) long and equipped with ILS.

Probable Cause:

Human error:
1. Overshoot landing (Aircraft landed at one third of remaining runway) .
2. Not complying with the Standard Operating Procedures.
3. Poor recurrent training.

Late landing
Runway excursion (overrun)

» Aircraft Accident Investigation Final Report Ariana Afghan Airlines AFG312 Aircraft Boeing B-737-400

METAR Weather report:
11:50 UTC / 16:20 local time:
OAKB 081150Z 16006KT 6000 SHRA VCTS SCT040CB BKN080 13/10 Q1018 RETSRA NOSIG RMK WHT WHT
11:50 UTC: Wind 160 degrees at 6 knots; Visibility 6000m; rain showers, thunderstorm in vicinity; scattered CB clouds at 4000 feet AGL; broken clouds at 8000 feet AGL; Temperature: 13°C, Dewpoint 10°C; Recent Thunderstorms and rain

12:55 UTC / 17:25 local time:
OAKB 081255Z 22005KT 2500 +SHRA BKN030 OVC080 12/10 Q1019 NOSIG RMK YLO YL
12:52 UTC: Wind 220 degrees at 5 knots; Visibility 2500 m; heavy rain showers; broken clouds at 3000 feet AGL; overcast cloud deck at 8000 feet AGL; Temperature: 12°C, Dewpoint 10°C


photo of Boeing-737-4Y0-YA-PIB
accident date: 08-05-2014
type: Boeing 737-4Y0
registration: YA-PIB
photo of Boeing-737-4Y0-YA-PIB
accident date: 08-05-2014
type: Boeing 737-4Y0
registration: YA-PIB
photo of Boeing-737-4Y0-YA-PIB
accident date: 08-05-2014
type: Boeing 737-4Y0
registration: YA-PIB

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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
20 JAN 1993 TC-JET Boeing first flight
09 APR 1993 TC-JET Turkish Airlines delivered
03 OCT 2006 TC-JET Turkish Airlines hijacked to Italy during flight from Albania to Turkey
27 JUN 2008 TC-JET Anadolu Jet leased
17 JUN 2009 YA-PIB Pamir Airways leased
SEP 2011 YA-PIB Ariana Afghan Airlines

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 Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport to Kabul Airport as the crow flies is 995 km (622 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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