ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-2M2C D2-TAA Benguela Airport (BUG)
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Date:Tuesday 4 November 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2M2C
Operator:TAAG Angola Airlines
Registration: D2-TAA
MSN: 21172/439
First flight: 1975-11-07 (5 years)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 128
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 134
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Benguela Airport (BUG) (   Angola)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Luanda Airport (LAD/FNLU), Angola
Destination airport:Benguela-Gen V Deslandes Airport (BUG/FNBG), Angola
Flightnumber: 444
The Boeing landed 4 m short, causing the gear to collapse. The aircraft slid 900 m and came to rest 20 m to the side of the runway. The no. 1 engine and right wing caught fire. The aircraft was destroyed during recovery attempts.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Lack of VASIs and threshold markings caused the pilot's inability to follow the correct approach slope.



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Distance from Luanda Airport to Benguela-Gen V Deslandes Airport as the crow flies is 416 km (260 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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