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Last updated: 18 September 2021
Date:Wednesday 12 November 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic C141 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-141B Starlifter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 67-0030
MSN: 300-6281
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:18719
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-7
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) from Cairo West Air Base (   Egypt)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB (FRF/EDAF), Germany
Destination airport:Cairo West Air Base (CWE/HECW), Egypt
The Starlifter was attempting a night time visual approach to Cairo West Air Base when the crew decided to go around. A visual traffic pattern was flown at an altitude of 2000 feet. Over the dark desert terrain the crew commenced the turn to finals. Bank and rate of descent increased rapidly until the airplane impacted terrain.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» C-141 Lifetime Mishap Summary / Lt. Col. Paul M. Hansen, USAFR, Ret. McChord AFB WA (1 October, 2004)


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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 Frankfurt-Rhein-Main AFB to Cairo West Air Base as the crow flies is 2874 km (1796 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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