ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-4 YA-BAG Beirut International Airport (BEY)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 21 November 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4
Operator:Ariana Afghan Airlines
Registration: YA-BAG
MSN: 18367
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 27
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 30 km NE of Beirut International Airport (BEY) (   Lebanon)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
Destination airport:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII), Iran
Flightnumber: 202
Ariana Afghan flight 202 arrived at Beirut at 23:30 GMT on November 20 after a flight from Frankfurt. Technical difficulties caused a delay of about 20 hours. The next day the flight took off from runway 18 for a flight to Tehran, Kandahar and Kabul. Some 2 minutes following takeoff the plane crashed in the hills of Aramoun.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was attributed to a combination of: 1) a navigational error - in that the pilot did not right turn out as early as he should have, either because he forgot or because he was distracted by some unusual occurrence; and 2) a fire indication (or possibly a fire) in no.1 engine which induced the pilot to start fire emergency action with a resulting reduction in the rate of turn and the rate of climb."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 62-AN/57 (213-216)


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Distance from Beirut International Airport to Tehran-Mehrabad Airport as the crow flies is 1449 km (906 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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