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Last updated: 18 November 2019
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Date:Sunday 16 May 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic B704 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-436
Operator:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registration: G-APFL
C/n / msn: 17713/169
First flight: 1960-10-14 (4 years 7 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 84
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 93
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR) (   Iran)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Beirut Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
Destination airport:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII), Iran
Narrative:
After a flight from Beirut, the aircraft landed heavily on the main wheels, bounced, and then came down heavily on the nosewheels, bursting the nosewheel hubs and tyres. It continued along the runway on the main wheels, and on the nosewheel axle, and stopped about 8,000 ft. from the threshold. A small fire developed on the runway, behind the aircraft, where oil which had leaked from the nose oleo had become ignited. The fire was quickly extinguished by the Airport Fire Service. The passengers were kept on
board until passenger steps had been brought from the apron, and they were then disembarked via the rear door. A back injury was sustained by the co-pilot, but the other members of the crew and the passengers were all uninjured.

Classification:
Bounced on landing
Runway mishap

Sources:
» Accidents to Aircraft - A United Kingdom Survey for the year ended 31st December 1965


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Distance from Beirut Airport to Tehran-Mehrabad Airport as the crow flies is 1449 km (906 miles).

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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